“There is a little-known codicil…which gives the dean unlimited power to preserve order in the event of campus emergency.”

(Apologies for the advertisement at the end of the clip.)

It seems that double-secret probation is also in force in America today. The ACLU has made a Freedom of Information Act request to Attorney General Holder for information concerning the secret interpretation of section 215 of the Patriot Act on the part of the Obama administration. This request has been bolstered by a letter sent by Representatives Mark Udall and Ron Wyden in support of the request:

“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted section 215 of the Patriot Act. As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows. This is a problem, because it is impossible to have an informed public debate about what the law should say when the public doesn’t know what its government thinks the law says.”

Dean Wormer…er, uh, President Obama needs to get a firm grip on his intelligence services. The Blutarskies and Hoovers of the world are going to get that information, and the electorate (the electorate, Mr. Obama) will discover just how far up the public ass the Patriot Act is being jammed.

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UPDATE: A staff person at the ACLU of Mississippi made an error” in judgment in sending an e-mail to the American Humanist Association expressing concerns about accepting its donation and sponsorship offer.

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Constance McMillan just wanted to go to her senior prom with her date–who is female–and Constance wanted to wear a tux. (But you all know that story.)

Todd Stiefel, in the name of the American Humanist Association, offered $20,000 to help fund an alternative prom, open to anyone who cared to go. The gift was offered to the ACLU, which was helping to organize the event.

The ACLU turned it down. Jennifer Carr, the fundraiser for the ACLU, told the AHA:

“Although we support and understand organizations like yours, the majority of Mississippians tremble in terror at the word ‘atheist’…our staff has been talking a lot about your donation offer and have found ourselves in a bit of a conflict. We have fears that your organization sponsoring the prom could stir up even more controversy.”

So. The Itawamba County school district canceled the prom to stop the free expression of a controversial minority. And now, to paraphrase Stiefel, the ACLU is doing exactly the same damned thing.