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Is the ACLU good for America?

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Since its creation in 1920, the ACLU has been at the center of controversy and public debate, going before the U.S. Supreme Court more times than any person, group, or entity other than the Department of Justice.

Because of their involvement in issues ranging from free speech, abortion, the death penalty, illegal immigration, the war on terror, drug policy, civil rights, separation of church and state, and much, much more we decided to examine this organization and the policies they fight for.

PRO: Many proponents believe the ACLU is the country's leading watchdog in protecting civil liberties and preserving the Constitution. Some laud the ACLU for protecting the freedoms and rights of all people regardless of their beliefs. Some believe the ACLU is one of the United States' greatest defender of liberty against government abuse and extremist policies. CON: Many opponents believe the ACLU is a left-wing organization who uses the courts to subvert the Constitution. Some deride the ACLU for protecting criminals and for being hypocritical in choosing which freedoms to protect. Some believe the ACLU uses activist courts and extremist policies, and is therefore one of the greatest threats to the United States.