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
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.
ACLU at NCSU