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I’m not trying to steal this thread–it is a great photo–, but….
I have been a reader for several years, and I also occasionally comment. You are obviously at the forefront of the defense of our civil liberties and do a damn fine job of disseminating information and analyzing events. That being said, I wish to pose a question to you; perhaps, you will consider blogging on it. What is up with the ACLU? It seems that I never really see them involved in the cases and events of which you write, yet they take on somewhat silly cases such as the “I Love Boobies” (link below). Are they just being tactical in case selection? Meaning that the boobies case will get a lot of attention, whereas a case about some low level user or poker player having the SWAT team break down his/her door does not garner much public sympathy? And by “attention”–I really mean publicity and money (donations). Is the ACLU irrelevant when it comes to militarization, prosecutorial misconduct, and governmental transparency (I’m thinking that photographing police is an important form of transparency) UI guess what I am really asking is, does the ACLU deserve my money?
the ACLU rocks- just sometimes not the way we want them to. they don’t solicit business and they have a budget… they have an idea how much litigation costs and how long it’ll take to resolve. They win a lot of big cases that receive little press. This is one of those seemingly little cases that I’m still glad they’re fighting.
I’d be willing to bet that some of the egregious cases you’re upset about the aclu not taking on are being fought by private attorneys who see a payday for themselves, also. If the ACLU ever becomes a little more pro-2nd amendment, I think they’ll be as close to what they’re supposed to be as we can expect.
nice photo, Radley- I’m glad that wasn’t an undercover cop taking a nap! you would’ve missed your speech… I tried watching your speech online, but I couldn’t get the sound quality to where I could understand it…