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IS THE ACLU THE BEST FRIEND OUR ENEMIES COULD HOPE FOR?

There are few things that anger me more than civilians and ex-military personnel who expose operational details or procedures which can be used by our enemies to jeopardize the success of our military missions and compromise the safety of our troops which are serving to defend America from her enemies, both foreign and domestic.

On January 13, 2009, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) sent a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency and the U. S. Department of State.

What the ACLU is seeking under the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act …

I. Requested Records
1. All records created after September 11, 2001 pertaining to the legal basis in domestic, foreign and international law upon which unmanned aerial vehicles ("UAVs" or "drones") can be used to execute targeted killings ("drone strikes"), including but not limited to records regarding:

A. who may be targeted by a drone strike (e.g. members of al Qaeda in Afghanistan or the Afghan Taliban; individuals who merely "support," but are not part of these two groups; individuals who
belong to other organizations or groups; individuals involved in the Afghan drug trade);

B. whether drones may be used against individuals who are selected or nominated as targets by a foreign government, including the Government of Pakistan;

C. limits on civilian casualties, or measures that must or should be taken to minimize civilian casualties;

D. the verification, both in advance of a drone strike and following it, of the identity and status or affiliation of individuals killed (e.g. whether killed persons were members of al Qaeda or the Afghan
Taliban, "supporters" of these groups, members or supporters of  other groups, individuals involved in the drug trade, innocent civilians, etc.);

E. where, geographically or territorially, drones may be used to execute targeted killings and whether they may be used outside Afghanistan and Iraq and, if so, under what conditions or restrictions;

F. whether drones can be used by the CIA or other government agencies aside from the Armed Forces in order to execute targeted killings; and, if such use is permitted, in what circumstances and under what conditions; and

G. whether and to what extent government contractors can be involved in planning or providing support for, or executing a targeted killing using a drone.

2. All records created after September 1 1, 2001 pertaining to agreements, understandings, cooperation or coordination between the U.S. and the governments of Afghanistan, Pakistan, or any other country regarding the use of drones to effect targeted killings in the territory of those
countries, including but not limited to records regarding:

A. the selection of targets for drone strikes, or the determination as to whether a particular strike should be carried out; and

B. the limits on the use of drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan or other countries, including geographical or territorial limitations, limitations on who may be targeted, measures that must be taken to limit civilian casualties, or measures that must
be taken to assess the number of casualties and to determine the identity and status or affiliation of individuals killed.

3. All records created after September 11, 2001 pertaining to the selection of human targets for drone strikes and any limits on who may be targeted by a drone strike.

4. All records created after September 1 1, 2001 pertaining to civilian casualties in drone strikes, including but not limited to measures regarding the determination of the likelihood of civilian casualties, measures to limit civilian casualties, and guidelines about when drone strikes may be carried out despite a likelihood of civilian casualties.

5. All records created after September 11, 2001 pertaining to the assessment or evaluation of individual drone strikes after the fact, including but not limited to records regarding:

A. how the number of casualties of particular drone strikes is determined;

B. how the identity of individuals killed in drone strikes is determined;

C. how the status and affiliation of individuals killed in drone strikes is determined, i.e. whether individuals killed were members of al Qaeda or the Afghan Taliban, "supporters" of these groups, members or supporters of other groups, individuals involved in the drug trade, innocent civilians, or
any other status or affiliation; and

D. the assessment of the performance of UAV operators and others involved in executing a targeting killing using a drone.

6. All records created after September 11, 2001, pertaining to any geographical or territorial limits on the use of UAVs to kill targeted individuals.

7. All records created after September 11, 2001, including logs, charts, or lists, pertaining to the number of drone strikes that have been executed
for the purpose of killing human targets, the location of each such strike, and the agency of the government or branch of the military that
undertook each such strike.

8. All records created after September 11, 2001, including logs, charts or lists, pertaining to the number, identity, status, and affiliation of
individuals killed in drone strikes, including but not limited to records regarding:

A. the number (including estimates) of individuals killed in each drone strike;

B. the number (including estimates) of individuals of each particular status or affiliation killed in each drone strike, (e.g. members of al Qaeda or the Afghan Taliban, "supporters" of these groups, members or supporters of other groups, individuals involved in the Afghan drug trade, civilians, members of some other group, etc.), including the number of individuals of unknown status or affiliation killed in each strike.

C. the total number (including estimates) of individuals killed in drone strikes since September 11, 2001 and the total number (including estimates) of individuals of each particular status or affiliation killed, including those whose status or affiliation is
unknown.

9. All records created after September 11, 2001 pertaining to who may pilot UAVs, who may cause weapons to be fired from UAVs, or who may otherwise be involved in the operation of UAVs for the purpose of executing targeted killings, including but not limited to any records pertaining to the involvement of CIA personnel, government
contractors, or other non-military personnel in the use of UAVs for the purpose of executing targeted killings.

10. All records created after September 11, 2001 pertaining to the training, supervision. oversight, or discipline of UA V operators and others involved in the decision to execute a targeted killing using a drone, including but not limited to CIA personnel, government contractors, and military personnel.

Does this information represent a clear and present danger to our nation?

I cannot understand on what basis this information should be provided to any party not associated with the military or our government – especially if this information will be published in open source documents or serve as the basis for lawsuits which can compel our military and intelligence services to reveal even more information that might be relevant to our enemies, both foreign and domestic.

I am not a fan of the ACLU …

I am not fond of the ACLU. I believe they are a far-left organization that was organized by socialists and communists to use our own laws to bring about our defeat and promote their own political agenda. I believe that they bring “no win” lawsuits as a means for funding their operations and that they take on certain “high profile” cases involving legitimate causes in order to put forth a benign and benevolent face to the public.

I believe in Freedom of Speech and the rights of the media to make inquiries on the public’s behalf. I do not believe that these freedoms include a suicide pact in which we place ourselves and our government  in harms way.

Bottom line …

Think twice about supporting organizations like the ACLU which may be serving a dual purpose and more than one master.

Pray that our elected officials – who seem hell-bent on supporting a far-left agenda and radical causes do not embrace these requests and further imperil our troops and intelligence agents.

Meanwhile, prepare to throw the far-left loons out of office starting in 2010 and continuing until 2014 when the last of the holdover Senators will face retirement or reelection.

We are at a historical crossroads when those who do not wish us well seemed to have grasped power by infiltrating our government institutions. We need to take action before they simply vote the American way of life out of existence and make a mockery of our Constitution. It began with our Founding Fathers – let it not end with the spectacle of those with an allegiance to other sovereign powers voting in a foreign-run government.

-- steve

Reference Links:

ACLU FOIA Request

ACLU Background (The ACLU's shocking legacy by Alan Sears; August 25, 2005)

“From its very beginning, the ACLU had strong socialist and communist ties. As early as 1931, the U.S. Congress was alarmed by the ACLU's devotion to communism. A report by the Special House Committee to Investigate Communist Activities stated

The American Civil Liberties Union is closely affiliated with the communist movement in the United States, and fully 90 percent of its efforts are on behalf of communists who have come into conflict with the law. It claims to stand for free speech, free press and free assembly, but it is quite apparent that the main function of the ACLU is an attempt to protect the communists.”

“Roger Baldwin and Crystal Eastman founded the ACLU in 1920 along with three other organizations dedicated to the most leftist of causes. The histories of these two individuals belie their claims of patriotism and respect for the Constitution.”

“Baldwin openly sought the utter destruction of American society. Fifteen years after the founding of the ACLU, Baldwin wrote:

I am for Socialism, disarmament and ultimately, for the abolishing of the State itself ... I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class and sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.”

“Earl Browder, the general secretary of the Communist Party of the United States, admitted that the ACLU served as a’"transmission belt’ for the party. Baldwin agreed, claiming, ‘I don't regret being a part of the communist tactic which increased the effectiveness of a good cause.’"

“Baldwin was a devoted follower of the anarchist Emma Goldman (or ‘Red Emma’ as she was called), who was eventually deported to the Soviet Union in 1919 for her communist activities. Goldman was a consistent promoter of anarchism, radical education, "free love" and birth control. According to an online exhibit of Goldman's papers, her career ‘served as inspiration for Roger Baldwin, a future founder of the American Civil Liberties Union.’"

“Eastman was a zealous feminist, an anti-war activist, and a great admirer of the Soviet revolution. Of her many leftist friends and associates, Eastman held the highest regard for Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. According to Eastman, ‘We [feminists] must all be followers of Margaret Sanger.’"

“Of course, Sanger was a passionate advocate of eugenics – the attempt to improve the human race through selective breeding. Abortion was a primary means to this ‘improvement,’ leading Sanger to write, ‘The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.’"


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

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