Because freedom can't protect itself
There are programs like VIPS and TIPS ( that are much like Neighborhood Watch groups) that are tracking accused terrorirsts, sex offenders, thieves, drug dealers, mentaly ill, etc. Accused is the important term here because innocent people like myself are being accused of all sorts of things online and then this BS is called into TIPS and VIPS programs. Under the "If you see something, say something,'" rule established by Neapolitano anthing can be misconstrued and labeled suspicious activity. I have had many former/current military go after me on and offline because I have been a Peace Activist since the 1980s and was extrememly critical of the Bush Administration in some of my articles. I am also dealing with vengeance stalking by Rightwing Extremists. It has gotten to the point that they feel free to follow me to and from work, around Capitol Hill in Seattle and bully me because they think I am unamerican. This is just like McCarthyism with the difference that now they have technology (cellphones to use for cyberbaiting and reporting everywhere you go, Organized Stalking.) I can't get even get a new pair of glasses made and I have tried at threee different places since 2007. I am bullied by rightwing clerks in some of the stores and by conservatives in my workplace.
Get breaking news on issues you care about
Help fight for our rights. Donate to the ACLU.
Sign up for the ACLU Action newsletter.
Chip in to help protect all of our rights and liberties.
© ACLU, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York NY 10004
This is the website of the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation.
Learn more about these two components of the ACLU.