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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The Big Wink from the ACLU 

WorldNetDaily%3A ACLU misleads feds to get cash
The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, signed a promise saying it wouldn't hire anyone on terrorism watch lists – a requirement for receiving payroll donations from federal employees – and later admitted it had no intention of actually checking names on the rosters of those suspected of terror ties.

Since October, organizations benefiting from the Combined Federal Campaign have been required to certify that they would not hire people whose names appear on watch lists compiled by the federal government, the U.N. and the European Union. The ACLU signed the agreement in January, reports columnist John Leo today.
Good for the ACLU.

I hate stories which originate in the freakin' Moonie Times. What is actually happening here is that the ACLU was threatened with losing federal funds they were entitled to unless they agreed to a government blacklist. Now, this would be bad enough for any group to agree to, but the ACLU especially. So the ACLU took advantage of a loophole.
ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero noted the agreement said an organization could not "knowingly" hire a person on the lists, so he simply decided intentionally not to refer to them.
The problem here is that the people on the list have not been convicted of being terrorists. And the ACLU is opposed to the list itself. So this is just a stupid story.


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