According to Gribbit:
The news that we have today is too good to be true. But it is. Our friends at the ACLU top the list of “Progressive” organizations being investigated by the Justice Department and the FBI. Check it out:
“The FBI has thousands of pages of records in its files relating to the monitoring of civil rights, environmental and similar advocacy groups, the Justice Department acknowledges.
The organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and Greenpeace, are suing for the release of the documents. The organizations contend that the material will show that they have been subjected to scrutiny by FBI task forces set up to combat terrorism.” source
Let’s see, first off Anthony, yes you do promote terrorism. Your organization is attempting to grant “rights” to terrorists. You opposed meaningful National Secrurity legislation namely “The Patriot Act.” And you engage in terrorist activities here in the US.
“The FBI has identified 1,173 pages related to the ACLU and 2,383 pages about Greenpeace, but it needs at least until February to process the ACLU files and until June to review the Greenpeace documents, the government said in a filing in U.S. District Court in Washington.
The FBI has not said specifically what those pages contain. The ACLU’s executive director, Anthony Romero, said the disclosure indicates that the FBI is monitoring organizations that are engaging in lawful conduct.
‘I know for an absolute fact that we have not been involved in anything related to promoting terrorism and yet the government has collected almost 1,200 pages on our activities,’ Romero said. ‘Why is the ACLU now the subject of scrutiny from the FBI?’” source
By strong arming the state and local governments into submitting to your will through threats of litigation. Knowing state and local governments have tight budgets.
“The FBI has denied singling out individuals or groups for surveillance or investigation based solely on activities protected by the Constitution’s guarantees of free speech.
Officials have said agents adhere strictly to Justice Department guidelines requiring evidence of criminal activity or indications that a person may know something about a crime.” source
My thoughts on the matter:
I hope this is the beginning of some much needed reform for both of these organizations. Reform that will severely limit their ability to trample on the rights of ordinary Americans and impair their ability to file lawsuits against every "injustice" they perceive. In the past this has only served to protect the "rights" of a very few, while limiting or eliminating the rights of many.