Following the ACLU’s legal action against New York City for allegedly violating citizens’ rights by random searches on subways, Congress is being asked to probe the group for “widespread use of frivolous lawsuits.”
“The ACLU’s abuse of the legal system is criminal,” said Don Swarthout, president of Christians Reviving America’s Values, an advocacy group asking for the investigation.
Calling it a “fund-raising stunt,” Swarthout asserted the American Civil Liberties Union’s action may also be dangerous to the citizens of New York City.
“These searches are part of a well-thought-out security plan and may stop a terrorist from walking onto the subway trains and blowing up innocent Americans,” he said.
The ACLU’s suit, to be filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, will claim the city’s new policy violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection and prohibitions against unlawful searches and seizures, according to New York Newsday.
At the same time, the lawsuit argues, the policy does almost nothing to protect the city from terrorism.
The ACLU also contends the measure allows the possibility of racial profiling, despite the requirement that officers must randomly screen passengers.
“While concerns about terrorism of course justify – indeed, require – aggressive police tactics, those concerns cannot justify the Police Department’s unprecedented policy of subjecting millions of innocent people to suspicionless searches,” the suit states, according to Newsday.
Swarthout points out the ACLU also has called metal detectors in airports an invasion of privacy.
“There is no pleasing the ACLU, because improving society or protecting the rights of American citizens is no longer its goal,” he charged.
Swarthout contends the ACLU is coming against the constitutional duty of the United States government, which requires the protection of citizens.
“What is in question here is the definition of freedom,” he said. “Freedom comes with responsibility. The ACLU has become an anti-Christian, pro-terrorist, entity whose only goal is to get the headlines to keep donations rolling in.”
Swarthout said if the ACLU wins the battle in court, it can expect a large financial boost, pointing to other cases in which the group’s attorneys have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from taxpayers.
“The never-ceasing flow of litigation against cities, states, and the federal government is nothing more than fund-raising stunts,” Swarthout said. “Many of the ACLU’s victories come not because their complaint is just, but because the municipality budget is inadequate to match the abusive onslaught.”