The Record of the American Civil Liberties Union
But most amazingly, in spite of the group's willingness to give the government power to determine when life both begins and ends, the ACLU flatly maintains that there is no crime one can commit so horrible, either for retribution or deference, than capital punishment.
Apparently for the ACLU, an American child should be free to do anything regardless of the consequences, but a child from behind the Iron Curtain should be refused the chance for a life of freedom.
- House Committee on Un-American Activities(later House Internal Security Committee),
- Senate Internal Security Subcommittee
- Subversive Activities Control Board
- Attorney General's List of Subversive Organizations
- Internal Security Division of the Justice Department
- domestic operations of Military Intelligence
- and the 1977 Levi Guidelines which crippled the investigative capacity of the FBI.
Though initially a fishing expedition to determine what data the department possessed as well as its sources, by 1983 the focus of the attack had become PDID Detective Jay Paul, an acknowledged expert on Communist subversion and terrorism. LAPD had been under outside pressure to destroy its intelligence files and Detective Paul had stored them in his home. These files consisted of many boxes full of public record information, mostly newspaper and magazine articles going back to the 1930's. They were of historical value, possibly useful in ongoing or future investigations and were rescued by Paul from destruction. The ACLU and its liberal political allies in Los Angeles were horrified to discover the collection contained information on their own left-wing activities.
Despite this partisanship, the ACLU and its affiliated tax-exempt foundation continue to receive substantial yearly support from the Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Field, and other foundations.
The Tax-Exempt Foundations, by William H. McIlhany(Westport, CT: Arlington House, 1980)