Key Theme: Civil Liberties

Civil Liberties after September 11

Articles, Media

Associated Press story (from Freedom Forum): “55% Oppose Sacrificing Civil Liberties for Security”

New York Times article (from “Ashcroft Defends Antiterror Plan and Says Criticism May Aid Foes”

NPR: “Liberty vs. Security”

Pluralism Project: Religious Diversity News
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—Civil Liberties:

San Jose Mercury-News (from Common Dreams): “Lynne Cheney – Joe Lieberman Group Puts Out a Blacklist”

The Village Voice: “Victims of the Dragnet”


Text of the Patriot Act, H.R. 3162 (PDF)

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold on the Anti-Terrorism Bill

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Justice

Organizations: Resources Statements

Amnesty International: “Counter Terror with Justice: The ‘War on Terror’ and the Erosion of Human Rights”

Cato Institute: “Civil Liberties”

Center for Constitutional Rights: “What’s So Patriotic About Trampling on the Bill of Rights?”

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE): “FIRE – One Year Later: The Aftermath of September 11”

Freedom Forum: “A Matter of Balance: Secrecy Doesn’t Guarantee Security”

Freedom Forum: “The First Amendment: A Wartime Casualty?”

Human Rights Watch: “Incomplete Access to Sept. 11 Detainees”

Jewish Council for Public Affairs: “Resolution on Civil Liberties Issues Raised by War on Terrorism”

Jurist, the Legal Education Network: “Terrorism Law and Policy”

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: “Fighting Terrorism/Protecting Liberty”

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press: “Homefront Confidential” (PDF)