Tuesday, February 9, 2010
ACLU Seeks to Reveal, Cripple, US' Best Weapon
ACLU - Planned Parenthood - Up To No Good as usual
Monday, February 08, 2010 Posted by: Townhall.com Staff at 2:00 PM
Guest post from the American Civil Rights Union
At a time of declared war, the ACLU has filed a case seeking to reveal in public the details of the use of un-manned drones that seek and kill US enemies in several nations. This is one of the most effective tactics the US has. And the ACLU wants a court to reveal it, and then kill it. Somewhere on the Other Side, King George III is saying, "If I only knew about that attack across the Delaware in 1776, I would have crushed those upstarts."
Some of the facts for this article, but none of the legal conclusions, come from a transcript posted on line of a TV news program featuring editors from the Wall Street Journal. As the third item, Paul Gigot mentioned that the ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) case concerning the use of attack drones in the war on terrorism.
In the more than three years that this writer has been writing and filing these ACLU Outrages, this is the most absurd of the lot.
The ACLU is asking the US government to reveal, in a time of declared war, the details of an apparently successful tactic now being used by the US military to defeat the enemy. If FOIA had existed at the time of WW II, would any court have tolerated for a single minute... the attempt of any plaintiff to force the government to report in open court on the progress of any military tactic? About the destroyer efforts to find and sink the U-boats operating off the Atlantic coast of the US? About the effort to track Admiral Yamamoto, and shoot his plane out of the sky? About the plans to invade Sicily first?
To ask such questions is to answer them. A lawyer presenting such a case in WW II would have been thrown out of court on his ear, like an obnoxious bum from a bad bar in Brooklyn.
First, we are in a declared war. The language "authorizing the use of military force" and across international boundaries included in the Patriot Act as passed in September, 2001, was almost identical to the authority Congress gave President Jefferson in 1805 to go after the Barbary Pirates. (That was the only other time the US declared war without naming one or more nations as the enemy.)
Second, in time of war, the Constitution specifies that the President is the "Commander in Chief" and that means that, as advised by his Generals, he is authorized to use whatever military tactics he chooses, to carry out the war.
The idea that it is mandatory either that Congress be informed, much less be required to vote on every military tactic used is belied by the history of US warfare. Not only is this not required by the Constitution, it would obviously be self-defeating. Congress leaks like a sieve. If D-Day required specific advance approval of the Congress, someone would have leaked the information. The English Channel would have been filled with burning ships and bloated bodies. And the Allies would have had to sue for peace, leaving Germany in charge of the continent.
The ACLU is not acting for legal reasons here. It is driven by left-wing politics only. The drones are effective at finding and killing the enemy. They also risk no American lives in the process. In short, they increase the chance that the US will prevail in this war. And that is what the ACLU opposes.
What's Planned Parenthood's Real Agenda?
Monday, February 08, 2010
Posted by: Carol Platt Liebau at 3:19 PM
Ed Barnes at Fox News reports on Planned Parenthood -- and its wish to teach children as young as 10 about the pleasures of sex.
Like President Obama often does, one of Planned Parenthood's favorite techniques is to set up a false dichotomy: In its members' world, either "religious" people will keep children ignorant of sex and teach them it's sinful, or else even the youngest children must be taught everything about sex and treated as "sexual beings" at ever-earlier ages.
How ridiculous. Normal, sensible people know that it's entirely possible to teach the facts about sex, but also to make it clear that, though wonderful at the righ time with the right person, sex is only something only for those mature enough to handle its potential consequences (namely, those in a committed relationship, preferably marriage).
The whole idea of "sexualizing" children -- as Planned Parenthood does by advocating that they be treated as "sexual beings" -- does nothing to protect their bodies, hearts and spirits. Quite the opposite, in fact. But it does create a market for the struggling business of Planned Parenthood -- contraception and abortion.
Coincidence? You decide.
Posted by Brett at 8:35 AM