September 11

Document Date: September 8, 2006


Seven years after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the ACLU joins all Americans in remembering the unspeakable losses suffered on that tragic day.

This is an ideal time to reflect on the values that define our great nation, such as fairness, due process, and the rule of law. Unfortunately, the Bush administration's relentless assaults on our civil liberties since that day neither do those values justice nor achieve it. Building on the fear and uncertainty that followed the September 11 attacks, the Bush administration has repeatedly violated the spirit and the letter of our laws — condoning torture, spying on innocent Americans, and censoring speech.

Since 1920, the ACLU and its members have worked to preserve our democracy — our America — in the most difficult of times. We have no intention of stopping now. We must never get so lost in what we are fighting against, that we forget what we are fighting for.

> ACLU Challenges Unconstitutional Spying Law
> Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: Facts and Resources
> The Challenge to Illegal Spying
> The John Adams Project
> Torture: Seeking Truth and Accountability
> Extraordinary Rendition

Editorial Cartoons (click image to see)

> Audio accounts from ACLU leaders and staff on the events of 2001 and the fight for freedom in a changed world

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> ACLU Joins Nation in Horror Over Terrorist Attacks (09/12/2001)
> ACLU Staff and Building Safe and Sound (09/20/2001)
> ACLU Ad: "Don't Let Terrorism Rewrite the Constitution"
> More ACLU Ads Since 9/11
> Report: Upsetting Checks and Balances: Congressional Hostility Toward the Courts In Times of Crisis
> Report: Civil Liberties After 9/11: The ACLU Defends Freedom
> Report: Insatiable Appetite: The Government's Demand for New and Unnecessary Powers After September 11

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