Analysis: ACLU on DOJ 'deceit'
The Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union are at war over what the ACLU says are deliberate misrepresentations of the USA Patriot Act. The department strongly denies ACLU allegations that it is misleading the public about the sweeping surveillance provisions of the massive anti-terrorism law. The battle between the civil liberties group and the department is fully joined as Congress considers the proposed USA Patriot II Act, which would extend some of the domestic spying provisions of its predecessor. At stake is public opinion and the opinion of members of Congress who are being asked to enact or block the proposed law. The ACLU released a report Wednesday, “Seeking Truth from Justice,” that concludes the Justice Department participated in a “pattern of deceit” about the effects of the first USA Patriot Act on average Americans. Full Story