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Dear Mr. Underwood;

Your article in the Technician Viewpoint this week came to our attention, and we feel that your unfair characterization of the ACLU demands a response. It is apparent that you misunderstand the mission of the ACLU and what it stands for.

Your insinuation that the ACLU supported Saddam Hussein is baseless and a belligerent misrepresentation of the truth. An ounce of impartiality would compel you to acknowledge that the ACLU had no stance on Hussein's regime, making the organization an unjustifiable target for criticism.

Also, you cheapen the hard-fought liberties that you and everyone else enjoy by describing them as "phony excuses for court-cases." As you must appreciate, the ACLU has defended freedom of the Press on countless occasions, including your right to write and print untrue statements (NY Times v. Sullivan, 1964). Another example is the 1969 case Tinker v. Des Moines, which further protects your freedom of speech, saying students do not "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gates."

In the future, please write with more honesty and professionalism by holding your references to the ACLU to factual, certifiable statements. Unjustified propaganda-like statements should be avoided.






















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