Wednesday, December 15, 2004

ACLU: Imperialist Hegemon

This graf from a New York Times article about investigations into Abu Ghraib touches on something that has always seemed weird to me:

The documents are the latest batch to be released by the American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained them as part of a lawsuit intended to determine whether prisoners were abused by the United States military in Iraq and at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. [emphasis added]
So it’s the American Civil Liberties Union, right? Why are they helping Gitmo inmates and Iraqi insurgents?

According to the ACLU’s website, their mission statement says, in part:

The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty. We work daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Our job is to conserve America's original civic values - the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. [emphasis added]
Last I read, for’ners (being, as they are, foreign, and thus NOT Americans) aren’t from this country, and so also aren't protected by America’s Bill of Rights or Constitution.

I'm not saying that investigative work shouldn't be done into what happened to prisoners at Abu Ghraib and other locations, I just question if it fits into the ACLU's "jurisdiction."

The ACLU mission statement also says:
If the rights of society's most vulnerable members are denied, everybody's rights are imperiled.

Maybe the ACLU figures America is such a great country that our most vulnerable members actually live in other countries. The ACLU is slowly enveloping other countries into its sphere of influence. I actually am quite sympathetic to this view. In fact, I welcome the ACLU to the neo-con fold. Let's celebrate; a round of hegemony and imperialism, on the house. Everyone go wild!

update: Whoa, Nadine, put your shirt back on! And what's that your holding? Dear lord! I meant conservative wild, not ACLU wild. You just wait here and I'll go get the scrabble boards and Fruitopia, for the night is still youn--holy cats, its 6:30, already! Well, I'm going to be a grouchy Gus tomorrow, I can already tell you that.

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