Apparently the ACLU has sued over, what else, civil liberties that have been repressed since the passage of the Patriot Act. But even that challenge is on the down low for the paranoid folks in the Justice Department.
"It is remarkable that a gag provision in the Patriot Act kept the public in the dark about the mere fact that a constitutional challenge had been filed in court," Ann Beeson, the ACLU's associate legal director, said in a statement. "President Bush can talk about extending the life of the Patriot Act, but the ACLU is still gagged from discussing details of our challenge to it."
Two things here. First, be awed by the ability of Bush advisor Karen Hughes to tie women's rights in with the war on terrorism. It's stunning. Second, be incredibly offended by the implications that are being thrown about by Hughes:
"BLITZER: There is a clear difference when it comes to abortion rights between the president and his Democratic challenger, John Kerry. In your opinion, Karen, how big of an issue will this abortion rights issue be in this campaign?
"HUGHES: Well, Wolf, it's always an issue. And I frankly think it's changing somewhat. I think after September 11th the American people are valuing life more and realizing that we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life. . . And I think those are the kind of policies that the American people can support, particularly at a time when we're facing an enemy, and really the fundamental difference between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life."
The way she phrases all this it's nearly impossible to distinguish between her characterizations of pro-choice advocates and terrorists. Of course this is entirely intentional and is yet another example of the shameless behavior the Bush administration will go to in order to win a debate.
No, stating the conservative position is not enough. Instead anyone who values reproductive freedom is akin to a terrorist. This is unprecedented slander. Hughes should be ashamed of herself.
If there were ever a moment when Bush's favorite phrase could be used, it is now: why do they hate freedom?