The John Adams Project – The Worm Turns

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John Adams

John Adams, 2nd President of the United States (Public Domain)

In 2008, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) joined forces in support of due process for the detainees at Guantanamo. They called this the “John Adams Project,” named after the famed American who defended British soldiers accused of killing American citizens during the Boston Massacre. Incidentally, John Adams was also the second President of the United States.

You can read the ACLU’s self-praising statement on the John Adams Project here.

I’m so glad someone out there is looking after the rights of these terrorists, because I was really worried no one would! And I know the ACLU is equally as concerned with the rights of Americans, especially those men and women in service of our country, say, in the intelligence industry.


What I meant to say was that, in 2009, the ACLU allegedly stalked and photographed people they believed to be CIA agents, then distributed the photographs of those agents to the very same terrorists “detainees” their lawyers were defending. Anyone else see how “alleged” terrorists, who may still be cleared of charges by these lawyers, having pictures of CIA operatives might present a problem? This kerfluffle caused Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) to call for an amendment directing the Pentagon to investigate possible criminal contact by those same ACLU lawyers. The ones so concerned about the rule of law. (Source: The Enterprise Blog)

Now, I don’t see an official position regarding the so-called Miller Amendment on the ACLU’s website. At least, not in connection with the John Adams Project. But here’s what they have to say about surveillance in general:

Over the last few years, the federal government has returned to the bad old days of unchecked spying on ordinary Americans, as part of a broad pattern of executive abuses that use “national security” as an excuse for encroaching on our privacy and free speech rights without adequate – or any – judicial oversight.” (Source: ACLU)

I guess this unchecked spying the ACLU is so worried about doesn’t apply to lawyers. Or at least, very liberal lawyers. Convenient. At least they’re consistent when they maintain that due process is more important than that bugaboo of all straw man arguments: national security.

Because the fact these detainees will be guaranteed due process completely overshadows the minor inconvenience that, if released, they might try to kill me.


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