ACLU Goes Global

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently anounced the opening of their first London office:

Recognizing that it can no longer achieve its mission merely by watching policy-makers in Washington, D.C., and state capitals nationwide, the American Civil Liberties Union announced yesterday that it is going global.

Joining with two London-based civil rights groups, the ACLU has formed a coalition focusing on policies being crafted for and by countries around the world under the influence of the U.S. government.

Basically, ACLU associate director Barry Steinhardt said, civil liberties advocates have recognized that to protect American citizens, they will also have to try to preserve the liberties of citizens everywhere.

“The moral of the story is that jurisdiction no longer matters,” said Gus Hosein, of Privacy International, a civil rights group with offices in London and Washington, D.C.

The groups working with the ACLU — Statewatch and Privacy International — are relatively young and not as well-funded as their American counterpart. But they would give the ACLU a footing in international political arenas, particularly in Europe.

Lovely!… And, since you can never get enough of our global friends, I found this today as well from World Net Daily:

In 2003, shortly after Prince v. Jacoby was decided, the ACLU sent an information letter to school officials in Washington state explaining the case “makes it clear that student clubs promoting tolerance for gay students are entitled to the same resources as other clubs.”

The ACLU now wants to strike down the Prince case if it will be used to allow a Bible club on campus, the ADF’s Tim Chandler told WorldNetDaily.

“This goes to show how far the ACLU will manipulate the legal system to further their radical agenda,” said Chandler, a litigation specialist who is working on the case.

“They are backtracking,” Chandler said. “They used these laws to get what they wanted – equal rights for the gay-straight alliance – and now that they’ve gotten that, they want to retriact it so the Bible club doesn’t get the same benefits.”

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