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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Lowering the Barr

I'm confused about former Republican Congressman Bob Barr of Georgia. I know that he was one of the Repugs who went after Clinton the hardest. Looking through the ACLU archives, he seems to have pretty consistently had a 0% record of voting with the ACLU. He voted for the Patriot Act in 2001. But after he was voted out of office in 2002, he (along with fellow Repug Dick Armey) immediately went to work for the ACLU. He was featured in the film "Unconstitutional" talking, apparently sanely and coherently, about the abuses of power of John Ashcroft and (I think) about how bad the Patriot Act is.

What's up with that? I mean, I'm glad that the ACLU has members from across the political spectrum, but a 0% record and voted for the Patriot Act? What sort of civil libertarian credentials are those?