I’ve been somewhat ambivalent about the American Civil Liberties Union – a little amused and confused at times regarding some of the issues and approaches they take.
The ACLU has seemed to be willing to argue both sides of an issue with equal fervor like the pundits of India, and will often take a position that angers the public – like defending the rights of Communists in this country.
Easy to get upset about unless you’re willing to accept that laws and rights are what defines a nation, more so the manner in which they are applied that requires an even handed application if they are to have any value at all, once exceptions are made it’s downhill from there.
Most of what is going on among elected officials concerning privacy and Constitutional rights amounts to theater, these same people who have for the most part been aware of the issues and in fact voted for legislation that furthered them have been caught with their pants down and attempting to recover from that with the usual hyperbole, committees, and too little too late tepid legislation.
An across the board sweeping collection of license plate data…really? Apparently the belief by out of control agencies is that applying the same technique to phone call, emails, and internet usage isn’t enough – kind of a bulimic indulgence, a gluttony feeding on “information” that has already been shown to intrusive, over the top excessive, illegal, and providing few dividends.
It’s primarily about power and weaponry – both of which come with a guarantee that they will be used and abused.
The reality is they are being used against the citizens of this country, and that is the impetus motivating the ACLU.
So while I may still wonder at times about issues the ACLU will raise I’ve come to view them as the public servants, the watchdogs, senators and congressmen or women should be and are not- the miners canary we should all be paying attention to.
Now do I actually believe the current scheme addressed in this link will be set aside? Not for a minute, I have no reason to, and neither does anyone else – some work around will be found, a repackaging that will fast forward it in a clandestine and nefarious way.