Friday, May 15, 2009

The ACLJ: In Defense of Constitutional Liberties Secured by Law


Dear Friends,

I am pleased to report some very encouraging news:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed that it has pulled the troubling report that said ''rightwing extremism'' may include groups of veterans and those opposed to abortion.

As you recall, this report labeled these groups as ''extremists'' - prompting the ACLJ to demand a retraction. I also sent a letter directly to Secretary Janet Napolitano demanding that the report be pulled.

This morning, a Washington Times article reported that DHS Sec. Napolitano told lawmakers that the offensive report has been pulled from the DHS website, is no longer available, and is in the process of being ''replaced or redone in a much more useful and much more precise fashion.''

''The wheels came off the wagon because the vetting process was not followed,'' Napolitano told the House Homeland Security Committee. ''The report is no longer out there ... An employee sent it out without authorization.''

In addition, ''Some things in my initial days have gone very well at the department, some things have not,'' Napolitano told Members of Congress. ''And that was probably the worst thing. It was not authorized to be distributed. It had not even completed its vetting process within the department. It has been taken off of the intel websites and the lexicon that went along with it was similarly withdrawn. Neither were authorized products, and we have now put in place processes. And it turned out there were really no procedures to govern what went out and what didn't before, and now there are.''

In the words of Napolitano: ''I do not want to see a replication of that.''

Neither does the ACLJ.

We are seeing great results in this situation, thanks to the support and participation of members like you! God bless you.

American Center for Law and Justice
P.O. Box 90555, Washington, D.C. 20090-0555
Phone: (800) 296-4529

The ACLJ is an organization dedicated to the defense of constitutional liberties secured by law.

American Center for Law and Justice is a d/b/a for Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism, Inc., a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, religious corporation as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, specifically dedicated to the ideal that religious freedom and freedom of speech are inalienable, God-given rights. The Center's purpose is to educate, promulgate, conciliate, and where necessary, litigate, to ensure that those rights are protected under the law. The organization has participated in numerous cases before the Supreme Court, Federal Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts, and various state courts regarding freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Your gift is very much appreciated and fully deductible as a charitable contribution. A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained b y writing to us at P.O. Box 450349, Atlanta, GA 31145-0349.

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