ACLU, EFF, AMERICANS UNITED Note from The Golden River:  Over the years, I have donated to and been members of each of these groups.  I have had both positive and negative feelings about them.  One of my main concerns - voiced to at least the ACLU and AU, is that there might be what I realize now is called an “alternative left” strand which is focusing more on minority rights in a certain way rather than the broader issues of human rights per se.  In other words, I have suspected a minority preference, with the same voices across the board over the same issue.  It’s like if you are a member of all three, you start seeing how they are all saying the same things and doing it in the same way.  My one question was whether the EFF, which seems intellectually with it, was able to stand on its own and be its own voice.  I waffled on that, but am back wondering if there is more of an alt. left emphasis there, too.  What I do know is the information about surveillance and system abuse, as well as religious abuse or unfairness, seemed pertinent at the time and I still use their information. ---  ACLU:  American Civil Liberties Union ACLU Website https://www.aclu.org/  Surveillance Issues - ACLU https://www.aclu.org/issues/national-security/privacy-and-surveillance See also:  Notes Section Commentary on this website   Alternative views on the ACLU on this website   Notes 5/11/2015 Section Commentary on this website SWAT Excessive Use of Force - ACLU An Us Against Them Mentality Toward the Public Emailed letter from ACLU sent to members: Limit the abusive use of SWAT.  Outrageous! Police should serve and protect our communities, not wage war on the people who live in them.  Nearly 80% of the SWAT raids the ACLU studied* were to serve search warrants, usually in drug cases. SWAT teams are forcing their way into people’s homes, often in the middle of the night, using paramilitary weapons and tactics and doing needless damage to people and property. Poor communities and communities of color bear the brunt of this unnecessary force. It does not have to be this way. We can make sure that police honor their mission to protect and serve, by ensuring that hyper-aggressive military tools and tactics are only used in situations that are truly “high risk.”  Right now, a twenty-month- old toddler named Baby Bou Bou is recovering after a flashbang grenade thrown by a SWAT officer in Georgia exploded in his crib. The grenade blew a hole in his chest that has yet to heal. Doctors are still unable to fully assess lasting brain damage. This unnecessary tragedy demands immediate action.  Community members, faith leaders, and elected officials across the aisles are building a movement to limit the use of SWAT to situations in which such aggressive tactics are truly necessary to save a life. This would be the first effort of its kind and set a precedent for other states.  We need to let the Georgia legislature know that people across the country are watching. Baby Bou Bou’s case is one of many casualties of a drug war that is being fought with heavy artillery and waning public support, mainly in poor communities and communities of color. If we can urge Georgia to pass a landmark bill, that will be a crucial first step in the right direction to limit the excessive use of SWAT across the country.  Will you call on the Georgia state legislature to address this problem now, before more kids lose their lives because of this excessive militarization? *Source: ACLU Militarization Report Invasion of the Data Snatchers ACLU video clip https://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/invasion-data-snatchers?printmail=1 Colorado Spying on Americans - ACLU Also, please consider checking into the possibility of similar spying in Durango, Colorado and elsewhere in Colorado.    https://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/co-springs-police-conducted-surveillance-denver-spy-files-aclu-reveals ACLU section updated 12/15/2016
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