SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Monday, August 16, 2004

WILLFULLY IGNORANT ACLU. In "What War on Terrorism?" John Leo writes about the ACLU's perplexing and disturbing decision to disregard the agreement it signed with the federal government to refrain from knowingly hiring people whose names are on "watch lists" of suspected terrorists or those with suspected ties to terrorists.

If Anthony Romero (the ACLU Executive Director) and his folks were simply making the case against an innocent hiring of persons who turned out to be terrorists or had terrorist ties, that would be one thing. But that's not the case here. As Leo points out, the ACLU continues its disdain for the war on terrorism (no quotation marks here) and makes the ridiculous argument that it could never knowingly hire anyone on the list if they choose not to look at the list.

I was taught in law school that a knowing disregard of the law is no defense. But that's the sort of stuff that responsible attorneys, law firms, legal organizations, government agencies and jurists would affirm, not the ACLU.

Read Leo's piece.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)


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