Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
"How bad is the Patriot Act, really? Hard to tell. The ACLU, in a new fact sheet challenging the DOJ Web site, wants you to believe that the act threatens our most basic civil liberties...
To be sure, the ACLU is doing a bit of fearmongering when it says the DOJ can rifle through your records if they don't like what you're reading. If you're a U.S. citizen and not otherwise suspicious, you're probably safe, so long as all you do is read."
Cowritten with Julia Turner, "A Guide to the Patriot Act, Part 1," Slate, Sep. 8, 2003