ACLU On The Attack

On the editorial page of the on-line “Opinion Journal of the Wall Street Journal” is an article which further tries to chip away at our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness as guaranteed by the Constitution.

“On May 30, 2007, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a Boeing subsidiary specializing in air flight planning services, in the federal district court in northern California. The suit alleges that Jeppesen provided air flight services to the CIA as part of the agency’s “extraordinary rendition” program, through which the three plaintiffs–citizens of Ethiopia, Italy and Egypt–were supposedly transferred to Pakistani, Moroccan and Egyptian custody, where they were wrongfully imprisoned and abused, up to and including torture.”

In the article “Divide and Litigate” DAVID B. RIVKIN JR. AND LEE A. CASEY describe this suit as based on the very narrowly interpreted 1789 Alien Tort Statute.

If successful, we will have another restriction on our ability to guarantee our Freedoms. However, even if this case is eventually dismissed, We the People will have spent resources and time which could and should be used to protect our freedoms for all to enjoy.

It appears to me that those who would like nothing better than to cause the collapse of our values have become very adept at using our freedoms against us to cause this collapse.

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