Guardians of Liberty
The wheels of justice turn slowly. How long before Jim Crow laws were overturned? How long for the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize gay marriage equality? How long the wait times in immigration courts? And even when someone, or some cause, has its proverbial day in court, the courts have an uneven record in dispensing justice. The legal field recognizes the power exerted by major court decisions. But civil rights organizations, like the American Civil Liberties Union and others, point to the need for groundswells of civic groups to take bold and principled stands. An aroused and informed citizenry are the guardians of liberty.
David Cole is the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Before joining the ACLU, he was Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of Terrorism and the Constitution, The Torture Memos, and Engines of Liberty.