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ACLU Wants Equal School Access

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a North Carolina school district which refuses to allow their representatives to speak with students about alternatives to serving in the armed forces. In a sense, they want the right to offer counter-recruiting arguments that would persuade students not to accept ideas given them by recruiters for the armed forces. Sally Ferrell of the North Carolina Peace Action says Wilkes country schools will not allow groups other than those of the armed forces to offer arguments concerning alternatives open to students about their future lives. School Superintendent Stephen Laws argues he does not allow any group to criticize other organizations so it would be a precedent allowing groups like Ameri Corps to present information to students.

I recall a few years ago chatting with two recruiters who were in the vicinity of Brooklyn College. I asked them if they tried persuading Brooklyn College students to join the armed forces. Both broke out in laughter, turned and pointed to Midwood High School. They admitted they pinpointed high schools in poverty areas and stayed away from talking with college students.

The argument of School Superintendent Laws is specious. Recruiters are pitching a well financed proposal- training, money, and free college. Their audience are high school kids whose parents never went to college. It is only proper to allow other voices to be presented to impressionable youth. Let the best argument win.

Pentagon Involved In Domestic Spying

The American Civil Liberties Union has uncovered documents which reveal a collaboration between the Pentagon and the FBI in seeking to gather information about private citizens. They secretly sent hundreds of letters in order to obtain financial records of private citizens without approval. Vice President Richard Cheney defended the practice as a “perfectly legitimate activity to protect America against terrorism. It is particularly disturbing that the military of the United States is now engaged in domestic intelligence.

The Bush administration has exploited 9/11 to justify any action or practice dealing with cviil liberties of this nation. The cry of “protecting America against terrorism” has been abused in this frantic effort to break the law and violate the essence of the American Constitution. Any opposition is derided as reflecting a “soft on terrorism” attitude in order to allow the administration to proceed in its quest to create an all powerful executive which alone decides what it best for the American people. It is disturbing and sad that the military of this nation have been placed in situations which compromise their own oath to obey the Constitution.