The American Civil Liberties Union seems to be having more luck dealing with foreign governments than with Washington these days. Under the guidance of its new boss, Anthony Romero, the ACLU is offering to help the consulates of imprisoned immigrants to build a case against the detentions of September 11. And while Attorney General John Ashcroft accuses the ACLU of trying to scare the public by conjuring up “the phantoms of lost liberties,” Romero is reaching out to gun owners and religious conservatives, go figure, trying to convince them, along with a frightened American public, that the ACLU is the last and best bulwark against the erosion of the constitution. Anthony Romero, on life as a “card-carrying member,” post September 11.
Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union.