Justice & the ACLU: Nefarious nexus
The American Civil Liberties Union did the Obama Justice Department's bidding in challenging Arizona's law cracking down on illegal immigrants. Now, Judicial Watch is fighting to determine whether Justice and the ACLU also are in cahoots on an ACLU lawsuit seeking to keep Pennsylvania's voter ID law from taking effect before November's election.
Because Justice hasn't complied with its Freedom of Information Act request, Judicial Watch is suing to obtain all records of Justice-ACLU communications related to the voter ID law between May 1, 2011, and March 30, 2012.
It's hardly surprising that Justice is stonewalling Judicial Watch, which previously obtained documents showing Justice and the ACLU collaborated (colluded?) on the Arizona matter. Similarly damning documents regarding Pennsylvania's voter ID law -- which Democrats cynically claim would disenfranchise likely Obama voters -- would further confirm Justice's twisting of voting laws for political gain.
"It is becoming difficult to determine where activist groups such as the ACLU begin and the Obama Justice Department ends," says Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
The records for which Judicial Watch is suing should clarify just how blurry that distinction has reprehensibly become.
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