ACLU used NSA-Like Data Collection

Wait…What! Don’t tell me! The ACLU had a data-mining system that accumulated information on individuals without their permission…No! Then that would mean their outrage over the NSA using data collection to track terrorists is purely political. Well I never would have thought the leftist outfit was capable of this type of hypocrisy. It’s almost like they have an agenda to undermine the war on terror and one against the United States.

(
San Francisco Chronicle, 2004) The American Civil Liberties Union is using sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of information about its members and donors in a fund-raising effort that has ignited a bitter debate over its leaders' commitment to privacy rights.

When the NSA story broke in USA Today, something in the back of my mind kept trying to remember an article about how the American Civil Liberties Union once used this type of technology to fatten their bank roll. Sure enough it popped up in a search that I was doing and like a bolt of lightning hitting me in the head, there it was. And a member of their board likened their efforts to a simple Google search. That can’t be any further from them claiming the government, using this same technology to track down our enemy, is comparable to a dictatorship. So which is it? A Google search or a dictatorship...or maybe it's a Google search when the ACLU does it and a dictatorship when George Bush does it. I get it now, silly me.


By the way, the ACLU just started a
petition drive that demands the telephone companies stop assisting our fight against terrorism. The letter they sent out is completely inaccurate and is obviously a contradiction given their own program which went beyond just numbers and included names, financial records and addresses.