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Oregonians: Threats to Civil Liberties are Anything but Civil

December 3, 2007

Portland, OR – Oregonians lead the nation in their concerns about the erosion of civil liberties since 9/11. New data from the American Civil Liberties Union shows huge growth in ACLU membership, and David Fidanque with the ACLU of Oregon says Oregonians have responded more dramatically than anywhere else in the country. Fidanque explains people are citing the post-9/11 attacks on constitutional rights as their reason for joining.

"There's an increasing number of Oregonians and Americans who believe that we need to have government policies that will make us safe, but also maintain our basic freedoms and our constitutional form of government."

Fidanque believes the organization's growth reflects the message citizens are sending, to the White House and to lawmakers.

"The American people are saying loud and clear, 'This is not right, these are not the American values that we are proud of, that we are fighting a war about. These are the tactics we would expect our opponents to be involved in, not America.'"

Among their primary concerns, Fidanque says Oregonians point to the Patriot Act, wiretapping without obtaining warrants, torture, and the loss of due process.


Dondrea Warner/John Robinson, Public News Service - OR