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Dahlia Lithwick, JD Biography

Senior Editor and Legal Correspondent at Slate
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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Editor, Slate, 1999-present
  • Contributing Editor, Newsweek
  • Guest Columnist, New York Times
  • Recipient, the Online News Association’s Award, 2001
  • Attorney, private practice, 1997-1999
  • Law Clerk, Judge Procter Hug, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1996-1997
  • Guest, The Al Franken Show
  • JD, Stanford University, 1996
  • BA, English, Yale University, 1990
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