By many measures, the Bush administration has been bad for civil liberties.
Yet the past seven years have been particularly good for the American Civil Liberties Union. National membership in the organization, which fights for freedom of speech and religion, equal protection, due process and privacy, has doubled since Bush took office in 2001 - an extraordinary spurt of growth for the 88-year-old institution.
"I think it's very much a reflection of the fact that there was a very aggressive assault on civil liberties," said ACLU national deputy executive director Dorothy Ehrlich. "Over the past seven years, many Americans felt their own cherished values were under attack, and they didn't want to sit by."
From Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo Bay and from wiretapping to waterboarding, Eyers said Americans of many political persuasions were becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the Bush administration's policies.http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_9240248
Whenever you hear someone say, "Our $STATISTIC has *doubled*!", the first thing you should snarkily think to yourself is: "Yeah well, two times zero is still zero!"
The article says that ACLU membership has gone from 250k to 500k. Do the math: in a country of 320 million, 500k people is 0.156%. Yes, that's right - between one and two tenths of one percent of the US population are willing to pay $50 a year to try and defend their civil liberties.