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By NWV News Writer Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
April 17, 2014

In what they claim is a 'witch hunt,' a public-interest, anti-government-corruption organization said on Monday that the American Civil Liberties Union filed multi-subpoenas against a number of conservative organizations and individuals for their support of Arizona's controversial immigration law.

The subpoenas are part of the ACLU's full-court-press against Arizona's “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (SB 1070) and to help push a left-wing "open borders" policy.

The Inside-the-Beltway, nonpartisan Judicial Watch is one of the organizations being targeted by the ACLU in its quest to curtail U.S. sovereignty. Judicial Watch's President Tom Fitton accused the ACLU's latest attack on Americans as being a "move of breathtaking hypocrisy."

In Judicial Watch's press statement, Fitton alleged that the ACLU calls itself the "nation's guardian of liberty" while at the same time it is fighting to "chill the First Amendment [rights] to speech, association and assembly."

Among those in the crosshairs of the ACLU -- along with Judicial Watch -- are over 20 current and former members of the Arizona State Legislature, public-interest groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies, NumbersUSA, and the American Legislative Exchange Council, nine police associations, including the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association, political groups such as the Arizona State Republican Party, the Arizona African American Republican Club, and the Arizona Republican Assembly.

What's puzzling is the fact that the ACLU is targeting three senior citizens who have no apparent connection to Arizona's SB 1070.

This latest round of subpoenas is part of a lawsuit filed in federal court by the ACLU, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and other leftist groups (Valle Del Sol, et al. v. Michael B. Whiting, et al. (No. cv-10-01061)).

The plaintiffs are demanding “all communications” from the targeted organizations and individuals related to SB 1070, immigrants and immigration, including emails and computer files.

According to Judicial Watch, the ACLU subpoenas call for the group's attorneys to have documents and communications that include words such as “aliens,” “illegal aliens,” “illegals,” “Mexican,” “Latino,” “invasion,” “beaner,” “spic” and “wetback.”

In his opinion-piece published by the Washington Times last week, Fitton pointed out that the ACLU's subpoenas are "filled with racial slurs" and are more politically motivated than legal in nature. Fitton wrote:

"The ACLU knows full well it cannot win in the courts with such tactics. But this is not about winning in the courts. This is about winning a political ground war with ugly and false insinuations of racism. In a move of breathtaking hypocrisy, the ACLU is seeking to chill the First Amendment speech, association and assembly rights of Americans who played by the rules and worked to support a law they believed was in the best interests of the country."

“It is trying to take another shot at the high court's ruling with a lawsuit claiming that SB 1070 was the product of ‘racial animus’ and ‘invites racial profiling.’ So it has embarked on a witch hunt for racial profilers,” said Fitton.

Fitton also questions the ACLU's motives for including the three senior citizens among its targets. For example, the 67-year-old Tucson, Ariz., resident, Laura Leighton actually wrote a letter to the ACLU saying, “I am not related to this lawsuit in any way and am not even sure what this lawsuit is about.”

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In Leighton's case, and that of another elderly woman who had absolutely no connection to SB 1070, ACLU "jackboots" used fear and intimidation to allow the group's investigators to enter the women's homes and conduct a warrant-less search of their personal computers.

Fitton alleges that these tactics reveal the true motive for the ACLU subpoenas: "retaliation and harassment."

According to Fitton, the real motive for the ACLU subpoenas is “retaliation and harassment.”

“Ms. Leighton and other subpoena recipients are targets simply because we hold views different from the ACLU and its clients. But the discovery process in civil litigation does not authorize the ACLU to trample on core First Amendment and privacy rights. Our message to the ACLU: see you in court.”

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The subpoenas are part of the ACLU's full-court-press against Arizona's “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (SB 1070) and to help push a left-wing "open borders" policy.