The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), long a champion of American rights and freedom, now has crossed over to the dark side. The contradiction and irony could not be greater.
ACLU has sued the National Security Agency (NSA) claiming that the government agency has harmed Americans by spying on them and violating their constitutional rights.
Likewise, the ACLU opposes Public Video Surveillances (CCTV) alleging the activity is spying. The group states on its website “Powerful surveillance tools also create temptations to abuse them for personal purposes.”
Now the ACLU is promoting an app for citizens in several states to tape police, but doesn’t say it’s spying. Instead, the group claims the app will “document life-threatening situations.”
I think I get it now.
This new app promoted by the ACLU will allow citizens to “cause possible harm” to police by spying on them and violating their constitutional rights.
This new app, of course, will create temptations by citizens to “abuse it for personal purposes.”
This new app in the hands of private citizens will “document life-threatening situations,” but Public Video Surveillance video (CCTV) taping the same activity is spying.
Now I understand.
If you’re watching me, it’s spying. If I’m watching you it’s not.
Thank goodness there’s no hypocrisy by the ACLU.