Magazine article The Nation

Hidden Issue: A.C.L.U. vs. C.I.A

Magazine article The Nation

Hidden Issue: A.C.L.U. vs. C.I.A

Article excerpt

With both presidential candidates running to ward the center (when their campaigns are not busy running negative ads), neither seems willing to own up to, campaign on or elaborate the core difference that distinguishes them -namely, the difference between the C.I.A., which George Bush directed, and the A.C.L.U., whose card Michael Dukakis carries.

Consider that, as Speaker of the House Jim Wright pointed out, David MacMichael, a former C.I.A. analyst, told the World Court under oath that the C.I.A.'s anti-Sandinista actions were undertaken in the hope that "the Nicaraguan government would clamp down on civil liberties within Nicaragua, arresting its opposition."

There you have it. The C.I.A. is for covert action, the A.C.L.U. is for civil liberty. The C.I.A. is in the disinformation business, the A.C.L.U. is in the freedom of information business. The C.I.A. is involved in the manipulation of the democratic process, the A. …

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