ACLU's latest effort to fight terror

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    "Defense Department Files Secret Arguments in Further Attempt to Suppress Abu Ghraib Photos

    July 29, 2005

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: media@aclu.org

    NEW YORK -- The Defense Department has filed heavily redacted papers in a further attempt to suppress photographs and videos that depict the abuse of prisoners held at Abu Ghraib, the American Civil Liberties Union said today. The move is the government's latest effort to block the release of materials requested by the ACLU under the Freedom of Information Act.

    "The government's recent actions make a mockery of the Freedom of Information Act," said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director. "The Defense Department has long dragged its heels on coming clean about the systematic and widespread abuse of detainees, but denying the public the right to even hear its legal arguments for withholding information is a new low."

    Last week, on the deadline of a court order requiring the Defense Department to process and redact 87 photographs and four videos taken at Abu Ghraib, government attorneys filed a last-minute memorandum of law and three affidavits arguing against the release of the materials. The government's papers cite a statutory provision that permits the withholding of records "compiled for law enforcement purposes," that "could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of any individual."

    However, the government has redacted significant portions of its public brief, including the conclusion. The government also heavily redacted portions of declarations submitted in support of the brief. One of the declarations is that of General Richard Meyers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ACLU attorneys have been provided with less-redacted court papers pursuant to a protective order that prevents them from disclosing the papers' contents to the public."

    Read the full release (don't eat first) - http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=18842&c=280 :stupid:

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    Pity these people can't identify the enemy. Or, maybe they have. Does anyone really believe that the ACLU is interested in what is best for America. They can't seem to figure out who is dangerous. And if they ever do figure it out, it is a good thing to know that they'll be able to vigorously sue Al Queda. Sheesh.
     
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    the Atheist Communist Lesbian Union is a great example of how much harm can be done by giving lawyers a lot of money to "defend" fictional clients.
     
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    If only the clients WERE fictional. Too many shady characters have access to our legal system. If the ACLU gets its way, Al Queda will have its day in court, too. Complete with a 14th amendment argument in their favor.
     
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    That's what I was referring to--you think bin Laden dropped by a local ACLU chapter and complained that some of his boys were having thier rights abused? Apparently the agenda is to use the Freedom of Info act for their political agendas regardless if it aids the enemy or not. The very notion that they are protecting ANYONE's rights out of genuine concern is too bizarre to even try to discuss.
     
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    Okay, then the deal is that for every photograph or video of Abu Graib released due to the ACLU's legal challenge, we can send 100 ACLU members unarmed and blindfolded to an Al Qaeda camp.
     

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