I agree with you about "free speech" and "free assembly". However, when "Free Assembly" is really about a group getting together to cause harm, hatred and/or bigotry" this is not conducive to freedom.
I believe the ACLU has gone too far over the edge for the face of "freedom". Case in point: NAMBLA. This organization is not about freedom at all- its legalized child abuse- and quite clearly it promotes men whom have considerable influence over boys- and the sanctioned by the freedom flag to perpetrate and molest children.
I seem to recall a while back a sting operation involving this group (NAMBLA) whereby members of this organization gathered to fly to South America and Mexico to meet young boys for the purpose of sex. In other words- this is not a group that simply talks about- they active seek and meet to arrange and organize sexual rendezvous- which is clearly beyond the "free speech" and "free assembly" definitions within in the constitution.
Now, regarding the ACLU and republicans: Many republicans are members of the ACLU for various reasons- probably to gain information for entrapment and other nefarious purposes to thwart ACLU actions- rather than being in real support of the organization. Sort of- keep your friends close- but your enemies closer theory. The ACLU does not seem to mind this and are rather in it for the membership fees- which to me feats the purpose. But then again that is only my thought.
As far as research goes- The ACLU website very clearly and specifically states that the membership list is private and to reprint or publish the information is a violation and could result in civil or criminal prosecution- a common category for which I will not fall into- thereby lending my view- if anyone feels strongly about this issue and subject- that they should conduct their own research.
My sources are not blogs or rumor based- and anyone willing to delve into this matter will find all the information verifiable. Privacy is a thing of the past- which is why with a bit of effort almost everything is available.
I am not in anyway saying "Fire" in a dark theater- I am saying go look for yourself and depending on your interest will dictate the detail of your research.
I officially represent Jeff Cohen (Cable News Confidential) who exposed the bullshit about the news, the reliability of it's content, resources and he did this from the inside (FOX, MSNBC, CNN). Jeff is very well known and nationally respected and shared a news program with Phil Donahue. I utilize many of the same resources. I also represent Benny Dominguez (NBC News Producer and Director- Executive in Charge of Production for Paul Moyers). The advice I get from my clients is- never reveal your sources- but point people in the general direction- thats the only way to avoid litigation. And its terrific advice from a news producer who has won over 15 Emmy Awards.
If someone doesn't have the time and energy to post from a place of genuine concern by an educated opinion- then why post at all. It took me less than 10 minutes to find a member list- and a background investigation service(s)(Intellius and VBack) which I subscribe to verified the criminal case histories with which I referred to previously. Again, the policies which I agreed to in signing up with these investigative serves precludes me from posting the information in public forums.
I reiterate- my connections, associations, and clientèle are highly reputable and they carry extensive backgrounds that substantiate their credibility.
The ACLU is so full of hypocrisy as are both political parties: Democrats and Republicans- and with the advent of the internet- this is rapidly becoming public knowledge and bloggers are merely reflecting this- and it is outrageous- it is this outrage blogging that has become a beacon of truth (yes, as well as, misinformation propaganda- which is ever-present in global media).
The point if to inform yourself. Many people do not know how to disseminate information once they receive it- and their need for spoon-feeding is a major problem that leads to the effectiveness of propaganda- My point has always been and remains to be- if you are interested and have an opinion about something then seek all the formation you can before commenting- thereby you will have an educated opinion. I rely on my resources because they are accurate and have come to depend on this accuracy to better utilize my time and energy.
And FYI, many bloggers out there are using real facts and information from the "inside" and should they reveal who they are- they would not only lose their jobs- but could face jail time and arrest.http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CE3D61039F936A35757C0A96F958260
By conducting keyword searches through a variety of search engines at the same time- several articles will pop-up. With the link above- take the names and information as cited- which will lead to more information that is often not only shocking- but most Americans who do this easy method will become fascinated with how easy it is to retrieve information. Then of course the question is- How accurate is the NY Times- this is where each person begins to define the source with which to based their fact finding missions on. Then sub>