DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday dropped a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the USA Patriot Act.
The ACLU said it was withdrawing the lawsuit filed more than three years ago because of “improvements to the law.” The Justice Department argued last month that amendments approved by Congress in March 2006 had corrected any constitutional flaws in the Patriot Act.
“While the reauthorized Patriot Act is far from perfect, we succeeded in stemming the damage from some of the Bush administration’s most reckless policies,” Ann Beeson, associate legal director of the ACLU in New York, said in a written statement.
Is the ACLU really dropping this lawsuit because the Patriot Act has been fixed and is no longer unconstitutional, or are they dropping it because the whole “creeping fascism”/”Bush is stealing your civil liberties” meme isn’t playing too well with the American public?
I’m guessing it’s the latter. There’s no way the ACLU, after three years of flogging this lawsuit and what has to be hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in legal fees, suddenly decided that everything was kosher with the Patriot Act. No, I think the real reason they’ve dropped this is political. They know the majority of Americans are against them on this subject, so they’re cutting their losses.
It’d just be nice if we could get them to admit that a) they were wrong all along about this and b) they’ve wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax payer money in forcing the government to defend laws that protect this country from terror threats and are perfectly constitutional.
And a check from the ACLU to cover the tax money spent on this lawsuit would be nice, too.