ACLU Does NOT Run the CIA

The ACLU has responded to Michelle Bachmann's claim during the Repubublican Presidential Debate that they are running the CIA.

From ACLU Email:
The presidential debates this year have been filled with — how should I put it? — interesting moments. One of them came Saturday night when Michele Bachmann commented that:

"Today, under Barack Obama, he is allowing the ACLU to run the CIA."


Yesterday, on Meet the Press, she clarified that she meant to say the CIA is being run in accord with the "philosophy" of the ACLU. Perhaps she needs some clarification on what the CIA is doing and what the ACLU stands for.

Either way, let's help her out by bringing her up to speed.

Add your name to our "Five Clues that the ACLU doesn't run the CIA" message.

CLUE #1: If the ACLU ran the CIA, we wouldn't have undermined our security and values by using waterboarding and other forms of torture.

CLUE #2: If the ACLU ran the CIA, we would have helped restore our nation's standing in the world with a full and complete accounting of any past involvement in torture.

CLUE #3: If the ACLU ran the CIA, the senior officials who authorized U.S. involvement in torture would have been brought to justice in a court of law.

CLUE #4: If the ACLU ran the CIA, there wouldn't have been any secret CIA prisons operating around the world.

CLUE #5: If the ACLU ran the CIA, the American people would never have seen extraordinary rendition, indefinite detention, targeted killing of people far from any battlefield, and other human rights abuses carried out in our name.

Let's help clarify things for Michele Bachmann. Add your name to our "Five Clues That the ACLU Doesn't Run the CIA" message.


Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director, ACLU

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