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ACLU Drops Patriot Act Challenge
AP ^ | 10/28/06 | JIM IRWIN

Posted on 10/27/2006 8:49:26 PM PDT by Valin

DETROIT (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday dropped a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the USA Patriot Act. The ACLU said it was withdrawing the lawsuit filed more than three years ago because of ``improvements to the law.'' The Justice Department argued last month that amendments approved by Congress in March 2006 had corrected any constitutional flaws in the Patriot Act. "While the reauthorized Patriot Act is far from perfect, we succeeded in stemming the damage from some of the Bush administration's most reckless policies," Ann Beeson, associate legal director of the ACLU in New York, said in a written statement.

The lawsuit, filed in July 2003 on behalf of the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor and five other nonprofit groups, was the first legal challenge to Section 215, the part of the Patriot Act that lets federal agents obtain such things as library records and medical information. The ACLU said the revisions allow people receiving demands for records to consult with a lawyer and challenge the demands in court.

The Justice Department, which first asked that the lawsuit be dismissed in December 2003, said it was pleased by the ACLU's action, which was contained in a one-paragraph notice filed with U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood in Detroit. "We ... reiterate that the Patriot Act is a legitimate and important tool that has better helped law enforcement fight terrorism while simultaneously protecting our valued civil liberties," Justice spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos said.

The ACLU argued that Section 215, which allows the FBI access to any ``tangible things'' such as books and documents through an order from a secret court, does not require investigators to show probable cause. It asked that the Justice Department be barred from using the provision. Hood ruled on Oct. 3 that the ACLU's clients had shown they were harmed by the anti-terrorism law adopted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and that the lawsuit could proceed. But the ruling came after the law had been amended, prompting the ACLU to drop its case.

The ACLU said it would continue to monitor how the government applied Section 215 and would remain ready to defend any individual, business or organization receiving demands for information under the provision. The group also said it is continuing its legal fight against a more frequently used provision of the Patriot Act that authorizes national security letters. Such letters allow the executive branch of government to obtain records about people in terrorism and espionage investigations without a judge's approval or a grand jury subpoena.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aclu; patriotact
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1 posted on 10/27/2006 8:49:27 PM PDT by Valin
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To: Jay777

They probably expected to lose.


2 posted on 10/27/2006 8:50:34 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Valin

Nice of them to bury this in the Friday evening news dump...


3 posted on 10/27/2006 8:51:07 PM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: Valin

The dog lost its teeth


4 posted on 10/27/2006 8:51:23 PM PDT by Danae (Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: Valin

A victory over the terrorists!


5 posted on 10/27/2006 8:52:35 PM PDT by Axhandle
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To: Valin

Fine, but we should still defund the ACLU. They have no right to taxpayer funds.


6 posted on 10/27/2006 8:53:27 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Valin
They ran up against the most important legal question there is. Who's paying for this? When they found out it would most likely be the ACLU, they dropped it.
7 posted on 10/27/2006 8:54:23 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Southack
"They have no right to taxpayer funds."

WHAT??

Are you series?

8 posted on 10/27/2006 8:54:32 PM PDT by evad
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To: Valin
.....The lawsuit, filed in July 2003 on behalf of the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor and five other nonprofit groups

Big surprise there!

9 posted on 10/27/2006 8:56:41 PM PDT by Just Lori (Thank you, United States Air Force! Sixty years of awesome service!)
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To: Valin

10 posted on 10/27/2006 8:57:27 PM PDT by Petronski (CNN is an insidiously treasonous, enemy propaganda organ.)
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To: Valin
The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday dropped a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the USA Patriot Act.

"LOOO-hooo-zerrrrrrs -- !"

11 posted on 10/27/2006 8:58:10 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("It'sTime for Republicans to Start Toeing the Conservative Line, NOT the Other Way Around!")
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To: Valin

12 posted on 10/27/2006 8:58:47 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Petronski

Could not have put it better.


13 posted on 10/27/2006 9:00:08 PM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Valin

This is good news, because the Patriot Act is common sense legislation. I studied it in school, and many minor problems it had were taken care of in the Revision. While there is room for debate on the particulars, fundamentally it is good legislation, and most of the criticisms (particularly the wacky "they're coming ofr your library records!" guff) was just out of control.


14 posted on 10/27/2006 9:01:21 PM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: Valin

Looks like the terrorists lost a round.


15 posted on 10/27/2006 9:03:44 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democrats. French, but more cowardly.)
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To: July 4th

"Perhaps it's time to recognize the ACLU as the American Communist Lawyers Union instead of their disingenuous "civil rights" stage name. "


16 posted on 10/27/2006 9:04:37 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Zack Nguyen

So it's safe for me to come out from under my bed? :-)


17 posted on 10/27/2006 9:05:12 PM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Valin

Yes indeed. And to check out all the library books you want. :)


18 posted on 10/27/2006 9:06:37 PM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: Valin

They will refile it after the election.


19 posted on 10/27/2006 9:07:35 PM PDT by sport
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To: evad

" the dirty little secret the ACLU doesn't want you to know is that it, too, received significant funding of its jihad against Judaism, Christianity and the monotheistic roots of Western Civilization from the federal, state and local governments. "


20 posted on 10/27/2006 9:09:12 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Valin
"While the reauthorized Patriot Act is far from perfect, we succeeded in stemming the damage from some of the Bush administration's most reckless policies," Ann Beeson, associate legal director of the ACLU in New York, said in a written statement.

Translation: "We knew from the get-go that our lame-ass lawsuit had no legs but because we are too stupid to realize that we are really a prize-winning pack of traitors and Demo-tramps, we had to make a show of it anyway. After all, pointless sniping and slander is our stock in trade."

21 posted on 10/27/2006 9:27:21 PM PDT by 60Gunner (ACLU lawyers are stupid macacas.)
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To: Valin

They really should. The Patriot Act was written by Gary Hart and ANdrew Young and thus represents "their" side on the political spectrum.


22 posted on 10/27/2006 9:28:38 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Valin

I'm sure the DUmmies will be in agony over this.


23 posted on 10/27/2006 9:29:36 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: Valin

Wow. They blinked.

Either that, or they're waiting to see how the election comes out.


24 posted on 10/27/2006 9:32:43 PM PDT by Egon (I stand beside you as your partner, in front as your defender, behind as... hey! nice butt!)
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To: Valin
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HA ha...
and the RATS take another one in the...

25 posted on 10/27/2006 9:32:45 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: rdl6989

When are they not in agony or have their panties in a bunch over one thing or another?


26 posted on 10/27/2006 9:37:27 PM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Valin

ACLU= All Communist Lovers Unite.


27 posted on 10/27/2006 9:49:33 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , you earn it , you keep it!)
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To: metmom

My take as well...

My guess is that they decided it wasn't going to win them any support, going against pragmatic laws designed to keep U.S. citizens alive.

As much as it must have made them sorrowfull to have to take this route, I don't see they had much choice.

Awwwwwwwww...


28 posted on 10/27/2006 11:16:26 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Maybe we should send them some happy face cards.


29 posted on 10/28/2006 4:52:03 AM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Valin

This is a purely political move by the ACLU. They don't want to hurt the demonrats chances in the coming election since it shows how weak they are on the terrorism issue. They'll refile the lawsuit shortly after the election.


30 posted on 10/28/2006 6:10:25 AM PDT by MSM Hater (I'll hold my nose and vote for DeWine)
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To: Valin
Wait until they get a flood of religious Christmas Cards.
31 posted on 10/28/2006 6:10:29 AM PDT by b4its2late (50-50-90 rule:You have a 50-50 chance to get it right,there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.)
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To: MSM Hater
This is a purely political move by the ACLU. They don't want to hurt the demonrats chances in the coming election since it shows how weak they are on the terrorism issue. They'll refile the lawsuit shortly after the election.

DING DING DING DING DING....we have a winner....
32 posted on 10/28/2006 6:19:58 AM PDT by beezdotcom
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To: Valin

.....but...but... Harry Reid told us he killed the Patriot Act.


33 posted on 10/28/2006 6:22:19 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: mware
.....but...but... Harry Reid told us he killed the Patriot Act.

well, it's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak!

34 posted on 10/28/2006 6:25:25 AM PDT by evad
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To: All

For the ACLU:
Charlie Brown goes Jihad
http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/


35 posted on 10/28/2006 6:31:40 AM PDT by AliVeritas (We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. Ben Franklin)
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To: Valin

Now I wonder if the Democrats will do the same?


36 posted on 10/28/2006 6:32:46 AM PDT by KoRn
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To: Valin
Now the ACLU can pay back the millions it cost us tax payers to defend this trivial horse shit to begin with! The ACLU can take up a collection from their clients the Terrorist!
37 posted on 10/28/2006 7:13:53 AM PDT by paratrooper82 (82 Airborne 1/508th BN "fury from the sky")
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To: Valin

Boy, there's a red alert! If the ACLU is for the Patriot Act, there must be something subversive or tyrannical about the act that we missed. Time to go back and read the fine print.


38 posted on 10/28/2006 8:51:54 AM PDT by T'wit (Due to Original Sin, the lesser of two evils is the only choice we've ever had. Vote GOP!)
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To: Southack
Fine, but we should still defund the ACLU. They have no right to taxpayer funds.

I think the ACLU s*cks. Their attack against the Patriot Act has been a lot of left-wing funded hot air.

That said, isn't the only taxpayer money that the ACLU gets is from collecting lawyer fees when winning cases against a government?

39 posted on 10/28/2006 9:01:34 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Valin
The lawsuit, filed in July 2003 on behalf of the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor and five other nonprofit groups...

That figures. I would like to see the names of the other nonprofit groups.

40 posted on 10/28/2006 9:05:00 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: MSM Hater

Unless, Heaven forbid, the RATS win, then the ACLU will be sueing to make the Patriot Act into what they claim they're trying to prevent it from being; a repressive group of laws fit for Nazi Germany.


41 posted on 10/28/2006 9:11:47 AM PDT by RWB Patriot
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To: Valin

Maybe the ba$tard$ are running out of money! I hope I hope I hope.


42 posted on 10/28/2006 9:16:39 AM PDT by OldFriend (CNN ~ GIVING THE TERRORISTS A FAIR SHAKE)
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To: Valin

Victory for America.. I will expect to see this front page New York Times on Monday.... hahahaha Oh I forgot I'm in Liberal America....

Prepare for bad times ahead my friends.


43 posted on 10/28/2006 9:25:02 AM PDT by tomnbeverly (Terrorists cut our heads off and get medals. We put hoods on theirs and get sent to prison. hmmm)
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To: metmom

The ACLU is now "angering" people. I believe it is government funded and IIRC, there was talk of taking away the funding.


44 posted on 10/28/2006 9:30:35 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Southack
Absolutely- there is a bill that if it goes through will cripple the ACLU once and for all- it will require both parties to pay their own way if they file lawsuits instead of the current system where the loser pays both lawyer fees. You can find out more about the bill over at stoptheaclu.com The ACLU maggots won't be able to blackmail smaller companies any longer by threatening lawsuits knowing that the companies will lose and have to pay big bucks-

Christian news and commentary at: sacredscoop.com ...

45 posted on 10/28/2006 9:32:45 AM PDT by CottShop (http://sacredscoop.com)
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To: george76

I like to think that ACLU = ALL COMMUNISTS LOUSY UNION


46 posted on 10/28/2006 9:43:43 AM PDT by GOPologist (When one lowers himself to argue with a fool, then you don't know which one is the fool.)
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To: CottShop
...there is a bill that if it goes through will cripple the ACLU once and for all- it will require both parties to pay their own way if they file lawsuits instead of the current system where the loser pays both lawyer fees. You can find out more about the bill over at stoptheaclu.com The ACLU maggots won't be able to blackmail smaller companies any longer by threatening lawsuits knowing that the companies will lose and have to pay big bucks-

It seems to me that requiring the loser to pay the costs of a lawsuit is a better way to stop the ACLU from filing nonsense lawsuits.

47 posted on 10/28/2006 9:47:02 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: beezdotcom
DING DING DING DING DING....we have a winner....

Just stating the obvious!

48 posted on 10/28/2006 9:57:24 AM PDT by MSM Hater (Voted for DeWine absentee and headed straight for the head to hurl)
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To: Valin

So, the beast can be bested! :-)


49 posted on 10/28/2006 10:10:16 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: Valin

Claiming victory while crawling away in defeat- typical leftist propaganda.


50 posted on 10/28/2006 10:15:52 AM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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