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Kimberly Guilfoyle Describes Concern For Civil Liberties as “Anti-American”

Reported by Ellen - February 27, 2009 -

FOX News' Kimberly Guilfoyle, an attorney and, according to FOX News, a member of the advisory panel of the American Bar Association, should be ashamed of herself. Guilfoyle has seemed desperate for attention lately. But she ventured into Ann Coulter territory last night (2/26/09) when Guilfoyle hammily attacked the American Civil Liberties Union for its campaign to advise people of Constitutional rights in Washington's Olympic Peninsula where the border patrol has been especially aggressive. With video.

As a FOXNews.com article describes the situation in Washington:

Last summer the Border Patrol beefed up its presence in the region, and in October it began conducting random roadside stops at checkpoints located at and within the international border to combat, what it says, is a real threat to national security.

This move has put them at odds with human rights groups and even local law enforcement — some who have rejected federal immigration money to protest the Border Patrol's tactics.

FOX describes the signs the ACLU plans to put up as making three points:

• If you're a U.S. citizen, you don't have to prove it.
• If you're not a U.S. citizen and are 18 or older, you must show your immigration papers to federal agents.
• Everyone has the right to remain silent.

“What if there are terrorists?” Hannity asked. He didn't bother to mention that George Behan, the chief of staff for Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash, a member of the Homeland Security Committee said, “It's largely farm workers... This isn't Al Qaeda.”

“What's the possible motivation behind the ACLU to do this?” panelist (and attorney) Rick Santorum, former Senator and now a FOX News contributor, asked. “What public purpose is served?”

“It's obstructionist,” Guilfoyle said.

Juan Williams was outstanding here and, ironically, despite being the only member of the panel who was not a lawyer Williams was the only one standing up for the law. “I think it's saying we all have to play by the law. Law enforcement... shouldn't be bullying anybody.”

Williams also correctly noted that the border patrol was looking for illegal immigrants, not engaging in homeland security.

But mouthy-mouth Guilfoyle always seems ready to make an inflammatory remark these days. She said, “This is a recipe for disaster. Do you want another 9/11? There has to be a deterrent effect. It's anti-American to say that they shouldn't be able to do their job and save their country.”

What's really anti-American is to use fear tactics in an effort to ride roughshod over the Constitution. Guilfoyle is perfectly within her rights to oppose the ACLU's tactics. But there's no excuse for suggesting anyone is a traitor because they care about civil liberties.

Please consider complaining to the American Bar Association, whose motto is “defending liberty, pursuing justice,” that a member of their advisory committee considers concern for Constitutional rights “anti-American.” Their email address is askaba@abanet.org.

Please also consider contacting FOX News (which claims to be “pro-America”) and let them know what you think of Guilfoyle's phony, dangerous patriotism. Their email address (which they also give out as being Guilfoyle's) is yourcomments@foxnews.com.