than 150 organizations including the Republican Liberty Caucus,
IN DEFENSE OF
- On September 11, 2001 thousands of people
lost their lives in a brutal assault on the
American people and the American form of
government. We mourn the loss of these
innocent lives and insist that those who
perpetrated these acts be held accountable.
- This tragedy requires all Americans to
examine carefully the steps our country may
now take to reduce the risk of future
- We need to consider proposals calmly and
deliberately with a determination not to
erode the liberties and freedoms that are at
the core of the American way of life.
- We need to ensure that actions by our
government uphold the principles of a
democratic society, accountable government
and international law, and that all
decisions are taken in a manner consistent
with the Constitution.
- We can, as we have in the past, in times of
war and of peace, reconcile the requirements
of security with the demands of liberty.
- We should resist the temptation to enact
proposals in the mistaken belief that
anything that may be called anti-terrorist
will necessarily provide greater security.
- We should resist efforts to target people
because of their race, religion, ethnic
background or appearance, including
immigrants in general, Arab Americans and
- We affirm the right of peaceful dissent,
protected by the First Amendment, now, when
it is most at risk.
- We should applaud our political leaders in
the days ahead who have the courage to say
that our freedoms should not be limited.
- We must have faith in our democratic system
and our Constitution, and in our ability to
protect at the same time both the freedom
and the security of all Americans.
300 law professors, and 40 computer scientists have expressed
for the In
Defense of Freedom statement.