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CFR Asks, Are Americans too Constitution obsessed?

The Economist’s Lexington makes a provocative case that Americans’ veneration of the Constitution and its framers has become unhealthy:

When history is turned into scripture and men into deities, truth is the victim. The framers were giants, visionaries and polymaths. But they were also aristocrats, creatures of their time fearful of what they considered the excessive democracy taking hold in the states in the 1780s. They did not believe that poor men, or any women, let alone slaves, should have the vote. Many of their decisions, such as giving every state two senators regardless of population, were the product not of Olympian sagacity but of grubby power-struggles and compromises—exactly the sort of backroom dealmaking, in fact, in which today’s Congress excels and which is now so much out of favour with the tea-partiers.

More to the point is that the constitution provides few answers to the hard questions thrown up by modern politics. Should gays marry? No answer there. Mr Klarman argues that the framers would not even recognise America’s modern government, with its mighty administrative branch and imperial executive. As to what they would have made of the modern welfare state, who can tell? To ask that question after the passage of two centuries, says Pietro Nivola of the Brookings Institution, is to pose an impossible thought experiment.

Lexington aims his critique at the tri-corner hat wearing faction of the Tea Party movement but I think the sentiment he identifies can be found across the political spectrum. While some portions of the U.S. Constitution are frankly antiquated (see the Onion’s brilliant take on the “third amendment rights” movement) it’s hard to imagine anyone on even the extreme right or left of the American political spectrum proposing that the document be fundamentally revamped beyond proposing specific amendments.

I also suspect most Americans don’t realize quite how old the Constitution is by world standards. (An advantage of never being invaded or having your government overthrown.) It’s by far the world’s oldest and the only one from the 18th century that’s still in use. (Your Wikipedia trivia fact for the day: Norway has the world’s second oldest constitution from 1814.) Most of the other largest democracies — India, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Mexico — have constitutions drafted in the 20th century.

But “the Constitution” in American political discourse, as opposed to the actual document, is often shorthand for the speaker’s conception of American political values, and in that sense, the U.S. isn’t really much of an outlier. France has had about a dozen constitutions over the life span of the American version, but leaders still regularly invoke the “values of the Republic.”

Finally, Americans may revere their Constitution so much because, despite its flaws, it’s a very well-written document addressing universal themes. As Christopher Hitchens has argued, a document beginning “We the people of the United States” is bound to inspire more loyalty and fervor than the EU’s recent foray, which starts uninspiringly with, “His Majesty the King of the Belgians.”

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/09/24/the_american_constitution_obsession

Comment: Here’s the “food police” threatening to sue McDonald’s for using Happy Meal toys to get kids to want McDonald’s food…while they allow a known McDonald’s front group to act as a steering committee member on its nutritional advocacy coalition. Little do the sheeple realize that Michael F. Jacobson and McDonald’s are both CFR shills/operatives. Jacobson’s handler/financier is David Rockefeller, the CFR’s lifetime honorary chairman, while the McDonald’s Corporation is connected to several corporate members of the CFR such as Monsanto and Pfizer. Michael F. Jacobson and his ilk attack Richard Berman – and rightly so – for using his Center for Consumer Freedom to attack any person or group which threatens his busioness interests. Richard Berman is a food industry shill…but so is Michael F. Jacobson.

http://www.cfr.org/about/corporate/roster.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_on_Foreign_Relations#Corporate_Members

Michael F. Jacobson
Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Posted: June 22, 2010 04:51 PM
McDonald’s Lawsuit: Using Toys to Sell Happy Meals

Dangle a toy in front of a child’s eyes, and you can bet the child will do just about anything to get it. And that’s exactly what McDonald’s (and other restaurants) do, using everything from TV commercials to signs in windows to the Internet in order to get kids to pester their parents to take them to the restaurant.

It used to be that parents warned kids to run away from strangers offering candy, but companies have made an end run by laundering their perfidy through electronic media. Now kids absorb countless commercials touting premiums based on their favorite characters — Shrek, Batman, Barbie, Beanie Babies, etc. — and, surprise, surprise, ask their parents to take them to McDonald’s. Consumer-marketing guru Adam Hanft said, “Happy Meals proved that you could actually ‘brand’ a meal and make children harass their parents for it.”

The Federal Trade Commission has reported that fast-food companies–with McDonald’s by far in the lead–spent $360 million in 2006 on toys to market children’s meals. In the same year, fast food restaurants sold more than 1.2 billion children’s meals with toys to children ages 12 and under, accounting for 20 percent of all child traffic at those restaurants. It should be no surprise that companies employ the practice–it works.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has long opposed the deceptive marketing of unhealthy foods to children. That’s why in 1978 we petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to set limits on the nutritional quality of foods marketed to kids.

In 1978 America was at the brink of the obesity epidemic that has seen rates of overweight and obesity in children triple. Factors ranging from video games to less PE in schools contributed to the epidemic, but one indisputable, major factor is the increased ubiquity of inexpensive, high-calorie foods.

McDonald’s is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, marketers of food to children. According to the Associated Press, in 2003 sales of Happy Meals amounted to $3.4 billion and made up about 20 percent of McDonald’s overall sales. McDonald’s has pledged to advertise only those child-oriented Happy Meals that meet its nutrition standards, but that pledge fails to address the insidious use of toys.

Restaurant meals that include toys are coming under increasing attack. In March 2008 Consumers International, a global alliance of 220 organizations, and the International Obesity Task Force called for bans on the “inclusion of free gifts, toys or collectible items, which appeal to children to promote unhealthy foods.” Months later, the city council of Liverpool, England, considered such a ban. One council member charged that, “By offering these toys, they are preying on the needs and desires of children in order to cash-in on the sale of junk food.” And recently, Santa Clara County, California became the first jurisdiction to ban the inclusion of toys in unhealthy restaurant meals.

This week, CSPI has upped the ante by threatening to sue McDonald’s unless the company agrees to stop using toys to beguile young children. CSPI contends that tempting-kids-with-toys is unfair and deceptive–both to kids who don’t understand the concept of marketing and to parents who have to put up with their pestering offspring.

Adding to the perniciousness of tempting kids with toys is the use of promotions that have kids coming back to “collect them all.” Most notable in that category was McDonald’s offering of 101 different dogs in a promotion linked to the movie “101 Dalmatians.”

To make matters worse, the nutritional quality of Happy Meals ranges from mediocre to miserable. Notwithstanding all of McDonald’s protestations that its products are healthful, every single one of the 24 Happy Meal configurations on McDonald’s Web site is not what the doctor ordered. Every meal is too high in calories — that is, it provides more than a third of an average child’s recommended 1,300 calories per day, with the most caloric meals providing half the calories. Meals that include soft drinks both accustom kids to drinking soft drinks with their meals and provide about twice as much sugar as the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that kids consume in a whole day. And Happy Meals with cheeseburgers provide about three-fourths of a day’s worth of sodium, which can increase blood pressure even in young children.

Furthermore, in a survey of 44 McDonald’s outlets around the country, we found that the default side item in Happy Meals was usually French fries, not the healthier Apple Dippers. That is, in response to a customer’s request for a hamburger Happy Meal, over 90 percent of the clerks did not ask which side dish the customer wanted, but automatically provided fries.

McDonald’s former Chief Marketing Officer Mary Dillon said that their clever advertising “shows that something like a Happy Meal at McDonald’s can make everything better.” “Everything,” though, should not be construed to include the child’s health.

But concern about the marketing of Happy Meals goes beyond nutrition. The very practice of using toys to get kids to pester their parents to buy a food — junky or nutritious — is unconscionable. Listen to how marketing experts view marketing to kids.

A General Mills official explained his company’s philosophy: “When it comes to targeting kid consumers, we… believe in getting them early and having them for life.”

Lucy Hughes, of Initiative Media World Wide and author of the Nag Factor study, said: “It’s a game. If we could develop a creative … 30-second commercial that encourages the child to whine or show some sort of importance in it that the child understands and is able to reiterate to the parents, then we’re successful.”

However, Michael Brody, a psychiatrist who chairs the television and media committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has no tolerance for those predatory marketing practices: “These marketers are very similar to pedophiles. They are child experts. If you’re going to be a pedophile or a child marketer, you have to know about children, and what children are going to want.”

McDonald’s claims to be “proud of our long heritage of responsible communication with our customers, especially children.” And its Happy Meals Web site says: “You want the very best for your kids, and so do we.” That’s McNonsense. McDonald’s wants your money–and it’ll manipulate your kids any which way to get it.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2010/06/this_just_in_george_clooney.html

Please note: this is the JANUARY/FEBRUARY Issue of the CFR’s propaganda rag “Foreign Affairs”.
If you still think Eugenics is ‘history’ – read this; it basically outlines their view of the future of the ‘aging’ population in the US; including a suggestion that people over retirement age might want to move to 3rd world countries, to make room (and lessen the ‘burden’ of healthcare) for the 3rd world younger ‘working’ population to take up residence.

And no wonder the feds won’t enforce immigration laws…

It’s because they want we the people to GTFOut of the US.

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Code Pink Supports the Mass Murder of Afghans

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars
October 7, 2009

How disgusting. Code Pink supports the mass murder of Afghans. Murder is apparently fine with Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin if it results in women’s rights.

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Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin gets manhandled at a McCain-Palin event last year. Now that Obama’s in the White House, she supports killing Afghan babies.

“We have been feeling a sense of fear of the people of the return of the Taliban. So many people are saying that, ‘If the US troops left the country, would collapse. We’d go into civil war.’ A palpable sense of fear that is making us start to reconsider that,” Benjamin told The Christian Science Monitor.

“The apparent shift in policy comes in the wake of a week-long trip to Afghanistan by Code Pink members, where activists were surprised to find a lot of support among women’s rights activists for maintaining the US and NATO presence in the country,” writes Daniel Tencer for Raw Story.

Some observers have been pointing out for years that the Western troop presence in Afghanistan is the principal reason that women in the country are now able to get an education, and that there is now at least a modicum of gender equality in Afghanistan. Many observers fear that the withdrawal of troops could allow the return of severe discrepancies between women’s rights and men’s rights in Afghanistan, as well as widespread violence against women.

But here’s what Tencer, Benjamin, and corporate media are not telling you — the Taliban was created by Pakistan’s ISI and the CIA in 1994 with Saudi money.

Phil Gasper explains:

The U.S. government was well aware of the Taliban’s reactionary program, yet it chose to back their rise to power in the mid-1990s. The creation of the Taliban was “actively encouraged by the ISI and the CIA,” according to Selig Harrison, an expert on U.S. relations with Asia. “The United States encouraged Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to support the Taliban, certainly right up to their advance on Kabul,” adds respected journalist Ahmed Rashid. When the Taliban took power, State Department spokesperson Glyn Davies said that he saw “nothing objectionable” in the Taliban’s plans to impose strict Islamic law, and Senator Hank Brown, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Near East and South Asia, welcomed the new regime: “The good part of what has happened is that one of the factions at last seems capable of developing a new government in Afghanistan.” “The Taliban will probably develop like the Saudis. There will be Aramco [the consortium of oil companies that controlled Saudi oil], pipelines, an emir, no parliament and lots of Sharia law. We can live with that,” said another U.S. diplomat in 1997.

“I think [the Taliban] was part of your past and our past, and the ISI and CIA created them together,” Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari told NBC during an interview in May.

The Taliban is a custom-made enemy along with al-Qaeda designed to keep the GWOT rolling for the merchants of death — the corporate media likes to call them the “defense industry” — and as an excuse to invade small countries in the Middle East, south central Asia, and now Africa.

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An AP photo of an Afghan girl killed by U.S. troops in the Azizabad village of the Shindand district of Herat province in 2008. She’ll never grow up to enjoy the rights Code Pink says they want for all Afghan women.

Prior to Code Pink, Medea Benjamin set-up Global Exchange, an “anti-globalization” organization that took money from globalist foundations, including the Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Rubin Foundation, and Tides Foundation.

As noted by journalist Bob Feldman, these foundations are connected to the CIA, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission. “Are the interests of the people being served by ‘dissidents’ who are being subsidized by the agencies of the ruling class whom they should be exposing? What does this say about the motivations behind the Left establishment’s ideological warfare against conspiracy researchers, and their adoption of an increasingly watered-down analytical view which fails to look closely at the inner power structures and conspiracies of the ruling elite?” writes Feldman.

Somebody needs to ask Benjamin how one fights against globalization when you receive money from multinational corporations and banksters. The Tides Foundation gets its money from AT&T, ChevronTexaco, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Verizon, and Bill and Melinda Gates.

“The Ford Foundation’s history of collaboration and interlock with the CIA in pursuit of U.S. world hegemony is now a well-documented fact. The remaining issue is whether that relationship continues into the new Millenium after the exposures of the 1960s?” muses James Petras.

Petra says the Ford Foundation has refined its style of collaboration and cultural domination over the years. However, with Medea Benjamin’s statement in support of the “mission” of NATO and the U.S. in Afghanistan this refinement is certainly called into question.

Benjamin’s outrageous statement is simply more evidence the so-called anti-war left is a sham and a tool of the global elite. Benjamin and her pliable cohorts are to be used only when Republicans are in office. Now that Democrat Obama is warming a seat in the Oval Office, it is time for the fake opposition to support more mass murder and military expenditures, the same as liberals did when Bill Clinton conducted his illegal and immoral bombing of Serbia.

Rockefeller fingerprints have to be all over this one. The Rockefeller/CFR connections to the ACLU are undeniable fact.

Something similar happened in Germany after Hitler got power, he thinned his ranks of the SA that brought him to power and then others including the homosexuals that also were behind his movement.  Obama has done a reversal on his gay-rights agenda and I wonder if some are speaking out against his hypocricy. But who knows what happened yet, I am sure there will be some official “this was a hate crime” BS to push more draconian hate crime legislation. But if a homocide, looks damn professional and blaming some angry patsy will probably be seen as obvious BS.

Larry Frankel, legislative council for the ACLU interviewed with AARP

The ACLU weighs in on the Supreme Court ruling regarding Voter ID and discusses why Voter ID laws are bad for all Americans.

Video http://www.aarp.org/aarp/broadcast/estreet_archives/E_street_213_archive/e_street_213_seg_2/

He wasn’t a big fan of the Real ID Act. He started a website www.realnightmare.org to raise awareness to state and federal authorities about the dangers of real id.

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/TR/transcripts/2008_0027_0004_TSTMNY.pdf

Which also means:  “If you oppose and try to expose our real agenda with the fact your biometric data is stored in an Agile Software (PROMIS/Ptech) database that allows us to change your ID credentials dynamically, at will–THEN YOU WILL BE KILLED.”

From here:

Just remember who funds the ACLU. The Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Current ACLU executive director Anthony Romero is a CFR member who worked for BOTH the Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation. And for at least 30 years, the ACLU president has been a CFR member. Nadine Strossen (ACLU president, 1991-2008) is a CFR member. Norman Dorsen (ACLU president, 1976-1991) is a CFR member.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadine_Strossen

Nadine Strossen (born August 18, 1950) was president of the American Civil Liberties Union from February 1991 to October 2008. She was the first woman and the youngest person to ever lead the ACLU. A professor at New York Law School, Professor Strossen sits on the Council on Foreign Relations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Dorsen

Dorsen also sits on the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Romero

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Anthony-Romero

Anthony Romero serves on or associates with a number of organizations, boards of directors, and others. He is the chairman of the Center of Disability and Advocacy Rights, vice chairman of the New World Foundation’s Board of Directors and a member the Council on Foreign Relations, the New York State Bar Association and Hispanics in Philanthropy. In addition, he has sat on the board of judges for the PEN/Newman’s Own award for free expression.

In the past, he was the Vice Chairman of the White House Internship Advisory Committee and acted as Co-Chairman of the Funders’ Committee for Citizen Participation. He was also Director of Human Rights and International Cooperation at the Ford Foundation, which turned “into Ford’s largest and most dynamic grant making unit” under his leadership. Prior to this position, he served as Program Officer for Civil Rights and Racial Justice for the Ford Foundation. He has also been part of the Rockefeller Foundation.

http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-22332892_ITM

The ACLU’s leadership is well represented in the CFR’s membership rolls and works closely with this Insider brain trust. ACLU president Nadine Strossen is a CFR member. So is ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero, a homosexual activist attorney who previously was a top staff member at the Ford Foundation, the CER-directed revolutionary cash cow providing funding to the ACLU. Stanley Sheinbaum, the longtime patriarch of the ACLU of Southern California, one of the organization’s most influential chapters, is also a CFR member. So is Morton Halperin, the Marxist revolutionary who, for many years, ran the ACLU’s project to neuter our police and security agencies. President Clinton tried to appoint Halperin to a top Defense Department post, but was prevented from doing so when this magazine and others exposed the nominee s ultra-radical, pro-Communist, pro-terrorist record.

In 1996, ACLU President Nadine Strossen was one of three CFR panelists on the council’s program, “Combating Terrorism: What Works? What Doesn’t?” This conference, broadcast over C-SPAN, provided an even earlier trial balloon than Hart-Rudman to measure the American public’s response to proposals for draconian measures to fight terrorism.

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=8540

The ACLU has pointed to the Orwellian Big Brother potential of the Homeland Security Act (HSA) to boost recruitment and raise funds. Apparently this scam is working; the organization claims that its membership has jumped to an all-time high, and funds are pouring in. What the ACLU does not point out is the close relationship of its top players to the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) architects who gave us the HSA. The HSA and the mammoth new Homeland Security Department was created by legislation that originated with the CFR-spawned Hart-Rudman Commission. Known formally as the United States Commission on National Security/21st Century, the Hart-Rudman Commission was established in 1998 at the urging of President Clinton (CFR) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (CFR).  The commission was co-chaired by former Senators Gary Hart (CFR) and Warren Rudman (CFR).  It should be no surprise that the commission proposed what Congress has essentially adopted and President Bush has signed.  ACLU president Nadine Strossen is a CFR member.  So is ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero.  The CFR seeks nothing less than the absolute destruction of American sovereignty and liberty.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=42544

The ACLU is lavishly funded by wealthy foundations and individuals, by annual dues paid by some 400,000 individual members, and through payment of court-ordered attorneys fees. In recent years, the ACLU Foundation in New York has taken in annual revenues of approximately $50 million – funds which are available for its aggressive legal and public relations campaigns. In 2003, the last year for which financial data are available, the ACLU Foundation reported more than $150 million in assets.

The Ford Foundation has been especially generous, pledging $7 million in 1999 to the ACLU’s endowment fund, and making additional donations in 2001, 2002 and 2003 amounting to $5.3 million. But Ford has been joined in these benefactions by several other well-known philanthropies. The Packard Foundation donated $1.6 million in 2001, and the Hewlett and Rockefeller Foundations donated $450,000 and $275,000, respectively, in 2002. In recent years, the ACLU has received $2.9 million from George Soros’ Open Society Institute. Numerous other foundations have donated lesser sums. All, it may be assumed, endorse the ACLU’s agenda of driving religion out of the public square and of weakening the government’s ability to fight terrorism.

http://www.law.stanford.edu/publications/stanford_lawyer/issues/68/TakingTheACLU.pdf

Still, finding a public interest position straight out of law school was a challenge. Romero had pinned much of his hopes on winning the ACLU’s Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship, but he was a runner-up. “I was absolutely crushed,” he says. He had loans to pay back, and he despaired about his family’s reaction. Revuelta told him to hang in there.
His patience paid off: he was awarded a fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation just before graduation.
From 1990 to 2001, Romero’s career flourished. He left Rockefeller and rose through the ranks of the Ford Foundation, distinguishing himself not only as a grant maker but also as an advisor to nonprofits, a manager of people, and a master of back-office systems. Susan V. Berresford, the Ford Foundation president, notes that there are a select few who can make smart, well-informed funding decisions, and there are another select few who can revamp office administration practices. Romero was the rare individual who could do both—and be charming at the same time. “He has it all,” she says. “I’m glad that the ACLU was able to see it and hire him.”

Romero was executive director for exactly one week when the September 11 attacks occurred. As the first 747 jet crashed into the World Trade Center towers, he was in Washington, D.C., about to address his first meeting of the organization’s biggest donors. A staff member directed him to a television, he saw the mayhem, and quickly took the podium away from another speaker.

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And now here’s the story.

ACLU Counsel and Gay Rights Champion Found Dead In DC Park
http://lezgetreal.com/?p=21129
8/30/09-by Paula Brooks

Washington DC police sources are telling Lez Get Real, that a body found Friday in a wooded section of Rock Creek Park is that of ACLU State Legislative Counsel Larry Frankel. Rock Creek Park is located in Northwest DC.

Police say that a jogger running along a path in the park just south of Beach Drive and north of Massachusetts Ave NW, about 11 a.m. Friday saw something floating in the water that later turned out to be Frankels body.

US Park Police initially responded to the joggers 911 call and were later joined on the scene by investigators from the homicide division of the DC Metro Police.

A Metro DC Police spokesman confirmed this morning that the body was indeed that of Frankel and said that homicide detectives are continuing to investigate his death, but would offer no cause of death or comment further on the case pending official release of autopsy results.

Frankel, 52, had served as both Executive Director and Legislative Director for the ACLU of Pennsylvania for many years before becoming the State Legislative Counsel for the National ACLU here in Washington. Frankel joined the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office last year and oversaw the support to the 53 ACLU affiliate offices across the country.

Pennsylvania Rep Mark Cohen said on his blog this morning that Frankel was a “proud gay man, he was militant on the issue of gay marriage, believing that it was far more important to keep the legal option of gay marriage by defeating a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage than to enact civil unions legislation, an uphill battle that some, including myself, thought was winnable. His views on gay marriage were somewhat vindicated when four New England states and the state of Iowa legalized gay marriage this year.”

ACLU thinks it is OK for Obama to keep Snitch Email List on Citizens.

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If you look on the ACLU website you will see nothing about the collection of emails from Obama’s White House Staff. Except the following statement:

The ACLU said in a statement to FOXNews.com that the White House blog is a “bad idea that could send a troublesome message.” But the organization added, “While it is unclear at this point what the government is doing with the information it is collecting, critics of the administration’s health care proposal should not fear that their names will end up in some government database that could be used to chill their right to free speech.

This is the same group that went after George Bush for the Terror Watch List. I guess it is ok to keep a list of political opponents. But keeping a list of terrorist is unconstitutional according to the ACLU.

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Just remember who funds the ACLU. The Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Current ACLU executive director Anthony Romero is a CFR member who worked for BOTH the Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation. And for at least 30 years, the ACLU president has been a CFR member. Nadine Strossen (ACLU president, 1991-2008) is a CFR member. Norman Dorsen (ACLU president, 1976-1991) is a CFR member.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadine_Strossen

Nadine Strossen (born August 18, 1950) was president of the American Civil Liberties Union from February 1991 to October 2008. She was the first woman and the youngest person to ever lead the ACLU. A professor at New York Law School, Professor Strossen sits on the Council on Foreign Relations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Dorsen

Dorsen also sits on the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Romero

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Anthony-Romero

Anthony Romero serves on or associates with a number of organizations, boards of directors, and others. He is the chairman of the Center of Disability and Advocacy Rights, vice chairman of the New World Foundation’s Board of Directors and a member the Council on Foreign Relations, the New York State Bar Association and Hispanics in Philanthropy. In addition, he has sat on the board of judges for the PEN/Newman’s Own award for free expression.

In the past, he was the Vice Chairman of the White House Internship Advisory Committee and acted as Co-Chairman of the Funders’ Committee for Citizen Participation. He was also Director of Human Rights and International Cooperation at the Ford Foundation, which turned “into Ford’s largest and most dynamic grant making unit” under his leadership. Prior to this position, he served as Program Officer for Civil Rights and Racial Justice for the Ford Foundation. He has also been part of the Rockefeller Foundation.

http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-22332892_ITM

The ACLU’s leadership is well represented in the CFR’s membership rolls and works closely with this Insider brain trust. ACLU president Nadine Strossen is a CFR member. So is ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero, a homosexual activist attorney who previously was a top staff member at the Ford Foundation, the CER-directed revolutionary cash cow providing funding to the ACLU. Stanley Sheinbaum, the longtime patriarch of the ACLU of Southern California, one of the organization’s most influential chapters, is also a CFR member. So is Morton Halperin, the Marxist revolutionary who, for many years, ran the ACLU’s project to neuter our police and security agencies. President Clinton tried to appoint Halperin to a top Defense Department post, but was prevented from doing so when this magazine and others exposed the nominee s ultra-radical, pro-Communist, pro-terrorist record.

In 1996, ACLU President Nadine Strossen was one of three CFR panelists on the council’s program, “Combating Terrorism: What Works? What Doesn’t?” This conference, broadcast over C-SPAN, provided an even earlier trial balloon than Hart-Rudman to measure the American public’s response to proposals for draconian measures to fight terrorism.

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=8540

The ACLU has pointed to the Orwellian Big Brother potential of the Homeland Security Act (HSA) to boost recruitment and raise funds. Apparently this scam is working; the organization claims that its membership has jumped to an all-time high, and funds are pouring in. What the ACLU does not point out is the close relationship of its top players to the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) architects who gave us the HSA. The HSA and the mammoth new Homeland Security Department was created by legislation that originated with the CFR-spawned Hart-Rudman Commission. Known formally as the United States Commission on National Security/21st Century, the Hart-Rudman Commission was established in 1998 at the urging of President Clinton (CFR) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (CFR).  The commission was co-chaired by former Senators Gary Hart (CFR) and Warren Rudman (CFR).  It should be no surprise that the commission proposed what Congress has essentially adopted and President Bush has signed.  ACLU president Nadine Strossen is a CFR member.  So is ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero.  The CFR seeks nothing less than the absolute destruction of American sovereignty and liberty.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=42544

The ACLU is lavishly funded by wealthy foundations and individuals, by annual dues paid by some 400,000 individual members, and through payment of court-ordered attorneys fees. In recent years, the ACLU Foundation in New York has taken in annual revenues of approximately $50 million – funds which are available for its aggressive legal and public relations campaigns. In 2003, the last year for which financial data are available, the ACLU Foundation reported more than $150 million in assets.

The Ford Foundation has been especially generous, pledging $7 million in 1999 to the ACLU’s endowment fund, and making additional donations in 2001, 2002 and 2003 amounting to $5.3 million. But Ford has been joined in these benefactions by several other well-known philanthropies. The Packard Foundation donated $1.6 million in 2001, and the Hewlett and Rockefeller Foundations donated $450,000 and $275,000, respectively, in 2002. In recent years, the ACLU has received $2.9 million from George Soros’ Open Society Institute. Numerous other foundations have donated lesser sums. All, it may be assumed, endorse the ACLU’s agenda of driving religion out of the public square and of weakening the government’s ability to fight terrorism.

http://www.law.stanford.edu/publications/stanford_lawyer/issues/68/TakingTheACLU.pdf

Still, finding a public interest position straight out of law school was a challenge. Romero had pinned much of his hopes on winning the ACLU’s Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship, but he was a runner-up. “I was absolutely crushed,” he says. He had loans to pay back, and he despaired about his family’s reaction. Revuelta told him to hang in there.
His patience paid off: he was awarded a fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation just before graduation.
From 1990 to 2001, Romero’s career flourished. He left Rockefeller and rose through the ranks of the Ford Foundation, distinguishing himself not only as a grant maker but also as an advisor to nonprofits, a manager of people, and a master of back-office systems. Susan V. Berresford, the Ford Foundation president, notes that there are a select few who can make smart, well-informed funding decisions, and there are another select few who can revamp office administration practices. Romero was the rare individual who could do both—and be charming at the same time. “He has it all,” she says. “I’m glad that the ACLU was able to see it and hire him.”

Romero was executive director for exactly one week when the September 11 attacks occurred. As the first 747 jet crashed into the World Trade Center towers, he was in Washington, D.C., about to address his first meeting of the organization’s biggest donors. A staff member directed him to a television, he saw the mayhem, and quickly took the podium away from another speaker.

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