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September, 2001 News Articles

9/27/01.. Senate Pledges Fight Against Terrorist Money-Laundering ..Dallas Morning News

Senators from both sides of the aisle pledged Wednesday to expedite legislation that would make it difficult for terrorists to launder money through financial institutions.

9/26/01.. In the Search for Suspects, Sensitivities About Profiling...New York Times

New Jersey Attorney General John J. Farmer Jr. tried yesterday to reassure Muslims, Arabs and others that he would not sanction or condone racial profiling by the law enforcement agents who are searching for suspects in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

9/25/01.. Lawmakers Tap Brakes on Bush's Hurtling Antiterrorism Measure...New York Times

The Bush administration's hope that Congress would rush through antiterrorism legislation with little debate withered today as members of the House and Senate served notice that they wanted more time to consider the proposal, especially to ensure that they did not go too far in limiting civil liberties.

9/25/01.. Proposed Anti-Terrorism Laws Draw Tough Questions...Washington Post

The Bush administration's urgent quest for new anti-terrorism laws bogged down in Congress yesterday, as lawmakers from both parties expressed concern that the hastily prepared package could greatly expand police powers at the expense of privacy and other civil liberties.

9/25/01.. Bush Freezes Assets Linked to Terror Net...New York Times

President Bush ordered an immediate freeze today of all assets in the United States of suspected Islamic terrorist groups and individuals and gave the treasury secretary broad new powers to impose sanctions on banks around the world that provide them access to the international financial system.

9/25/01.. More Than 350 Held in Probe, Ashcroft Say...New York Times

More than 350 people have been swept up in the massive dragnet for witnesses and suspects cast since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, and nearly 400 others are still being sought for questioning, Attorney General John D. Ashcroft said yesterday. Most are being held on immigration charges and traffic violations, and virtually none has been publicly identified.

9/24/01.. War on Terrorism Stirs Memory of Internment...New York Times

The Bush administration's proposals for increased law enforcement powers to fight terrorism are provoking a debate about whether American courts would repeat the kinds of rulings that restricted the civil rights of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

9/24/01.. FBI Agents Ill-Equipped To Predict Terror Acts...Washington Post

The FBI in the past decade has tripled its spending to stop terrorism, quintupled the number of intelligence gatherers and revamped its bureaucracy to share information about terrorists across the government. None of it was enough to stop the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.

9/23/01.. A Top Boss in Europe, an Unseen Cell in Gaza and Decoys Everywhere...New York Times

Officials in Europe, the United States and Pakistan say they have identified new elements of the bin Laden terrorist network, including a top lieutenant in Europe and a previously undisclosed cell in the Gaza Strip. Mr. bin Laden and his Afghan camps are only part of the problem, the officials say, and his network of loosely linked cells may already be so vast that eliminating those camps or even Mr. bin Laden himself would go only part way toward confronting the terrorist threat.

9/21/01.. Caution Is Urged on Terrorism Legislation...Washington Post

The Justice Department's anti-terrorism legislation, which once seemed likely to sweep through Congress on the storm of anger arising out of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, has been slowed as legislators and public interest groups begin to review its provisions.

9/21/01.. Racial Profiling May Get Wider Approval by Courts ...New York Times

Although racial profiling has been harshly criticized in states like New Jersey, courts in this country have never declared it legally dead. Now, with law enforcement officials focusing on Arabs in the hunt for terrorists, legal experts say profiling may be authorized by judges more definitively than ever before.

9/21/01.. Criminal Courts in Manhattan Refuse Request to Delay Cases ...New York Times

The criminal courts in Lower Manhattan, working for a 10th day without telephones, continued to adjourn most cases yesterday. But court officials refused a request by the Manhattan district attorney's office to delay all criminal court cases for two weeks.

9/20/01.. Peace Groups Are Urging Restraint ...Washington Post

Ending their silence after a week of mourning the victims of terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, a broad range of religious leaders, social activists, entertainers, student organizations and business figures are beginning to publicly urge President Bush to show restraint in his response and to carefully calibrate the use of U.S. military power. As part of the budding peace offensive, over 1,200 members of the National Council of Churches and a diverse coalition -- organized by Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover and Rosa Parks -- issued strong statements yesterday noting that, while the attacks' perpetrators should be brought to justice, wholesale military action would incite more terrorism, not end it.

9/19/01.. U.S. Widens Power to Detain Immigrants in Emergencies ...New York Times

The Bush administration today announced a major expansion of its power to detain immigrants suspected of crimes, including new rules prompted by last week's terrorist attacks that would allow legal immigrants to be detained indefinitely during a national emergency.

9/18/01.. Anti-Terror Push Stirs Fears for Liberties ...Washington Post

A coalition of public interest groups from across the political spectrum has formed to try to stop Congress and the Bush administration from rushing to enact counterterrorism measures before considering their effect on Americans' privacy and civil rights.

9/17/01.. New Powers Sought for Surveillance ...Washington Post

Bush administration officials said yesterday that they are considering lifting a 25-year-old ban on U.S. involvement in foreign assassinations and loosening restrictions on FBI surveillance, part of an escalating war on terrorism in the wake of Tuesday's attacks on Washington and New York.

9/17/01.. FBI Seeks Accomplices, Detains Potential Witnesses ...Washington Post

Law enforcement and intelligence authorities scrambled yesterday to locate people who had assisted the suicide bombers and to assemble a sharper portrait of the 19 men the FBI says executed the terrorist strike.

9/17/01.. Investigators Explore Boundaries of Everything the Law Allows...New York Times

Law enforcement officials now have extensive powers to detain people when investigating attacks on the country, legal experts said yesterday.

9/17/01.. Lawmakers Hear Ashcroft Outline Antiterror Plans...New York Times

Attorney General John Ashcroft and Congressional leaders opened talks Sunday on an emergency package of antiterrorism legislation that would expand the Justice Department's ability to use wiretaps in cases of suspected terrorism or espionage.

9/16/01.. Attacks Justify Easing Curbs, Intelligence Leaders Say...New York Times

The Congressional leaders who oversee the nation's intelligence system have concluded that America's spy agencies should be allowed to combat terrorism with more aggressive tactics, including the hiring of unsavory foreign agents.

9/16/01.. 2 Suspected Hijackers Were Sought by F.B.I. at Time of the Attacks ....New York Times

Two of the men believed to have hijacked the plane that crashed into the Pentagon on Tuesday were known to the authorities as associates of Osama bin Laden and had been sought in the United States since August by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, law enforcement and intelligence officials said today.

9/15/01.. Focus Turns to Money Laundering in Terrorism War ....Boston Globe

The Bush administration, which until now has sent conflicting signals about the importance of money-laundering laws, yesterday announced the formation of a task force that it said would seek to disrupt terrorist financial networks.

9/14/01.. CIA's Covert War on Bin Laden ....Washington Post

The CIA has been authorized since 1998 to use covert means to disrupt and preempt terrorist operations planned abroad by Saudi extremist Osama bin Laden under a directive signed by President Bill Clinton and reaffirmed by President Bush this year, according to government sources.

9/14/01.. Authorities Have Learned the Identities of 18 Hijackers, Attorney General Says ....New York Times

Attorney General John Ashcroft said the federal authorities had identified 18 men who hijacked the commercial jets used in Tuesday's terror attacks, while investigators accelerated a nationwide manhunt for dozens of accomplices believed to have supported the assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

9/14/01.. German Officials Link 3 Arab Men to Attack ....New York Times

German authorities said today that three men suspected in the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington had plotted the operation while living in Hamburg.

9/12/01.. Authorities Fan Out Across New England ....Reuters

Maine authorities confirmed on Wednesday they impounded a rental car used by two men suspected of flying from Portland, Maine, to Boston and hijacking one of the planes used to crash into the World Trade Center.

9/12/01..FBI Questioning 'Several' People as Probe Intensifies ....CNN

U.S. agents in hot pursuit of those who may have been responsible for Tuesday's deadly tragedies played out on several fronts across the country as the hunt for the culprits intensified.

September, 2001 Commentary on Attacks

September, 2001...In Defense of Freedom at a Time of Crisis ...American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

As we respond to this national crisis - and respond we must - we must not take for granted our basic freedoms, including the steadfast commitment to civil liberties and tolerance of others. Nor should we be willing to sacrifice these fundamental values, nor look the other way as they are undermined. For if we do, the enemy will have won.

Partisan Politics vs. the Bill of Rights by Jeralyn E. Merritt, The Champion, Sept/Oct. 1996, National Assoc. Criminal Defense Lawyers

Written and published in September, 1996, this article opposing expanded wiretapping to fight terrorism argues, "Using the tragedies of TWA Flight 800 and the Olympic bombing in Atlanta to instill fear of terrorism in the heart of every American, our politicians are promising to make us safe and secure by giving the FBI the power to wiretap more of us with less judicial scrutiny, to access our personal and financial records with no judicial oversight, and to seize our assets by classifying us as "terrorists" based upon our personal and political beliefs...Is anybody listening?"

September, 2001...No Time for Cowboy Politics...Center for Constitutional Rights

Center for Constitutional Rights Warns of Dangers of Providing the President with Vast War Powers...the use of unlimited military force that the resolutions allow is dangerous, irresponsible policy.

9/25/01...Liberties in a Time of Fear ....by David Cole, New York Times

Precisely because the terrorists violated all principles of decency and law, we must hold fast to ours. As the Supreme Court said in a 1967 decision that invalidated an anti-Communist law, "It ould indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of those liberties the freedom of association which makes the defense of the Nation worthwhile."

9/23/01...On Wiretaps: Nation Must Not Set Aside Important Personal Rights So Easily ....Detroit Free Press Editorial

The fact that the liberal left and the conservative right have found common concern ought to give Congress pause about rushing pell-mell to invade privacy and reduce civil liberties in pursuit of terrorists.

9/23/01...The Home Front: Security and Liberty ....New York Times Editorial

There are any number of practical steps the federal government can take to strengthen its ability to identify and prosecute terrorists. Unfortunately, many of the ideas being shopped by the Bush administration would reduce constitutional protections with no obvious benefit to national security.

9/23/01...On Wiretaps: Nation Must Not Set Aside Important Personal Rights So Easily ....Detroit Free Press Editorial

The fact that the liberal left and the conservative right have found common concern ought to give Congress pause about rushing pell-mell to invade privacy and reduce civil liberties in pursuit of terrorists.

9/23/01...The Home Front: Security and Liberty ....New York Times Editorial

There are any number of practical steps the federal government can take to strengthen its ability to identify and prosecute terrorists. Unfortunately, many of the ideas being shopped by the Bush administration would reduce constitutional protections with no obvious benefit to national security.

9/22/01...Liberty: Antiterrorism Laws Must Honor Freedom ....Rocky Mountain News Editorial

When Congress takes up anti-terrorism legislation next week, it should not allow concern for the security of Americans to diminish their liberties. The chief contribution to the tragedy of Sept. 11 was not the absence of these laws; it was the failure to carry out effectively the security precautions that could be implemented with no change in law at all. Act, but not in haste, or America will repent at length.

9/21/01..Liberty -- Don't Sacrifice It To Terrorism ....Minneapolis Star Tribune Editorial

In truth, forsaking American freedom is precisely the wrong answer to the fear terrorists sow. It gives them the victory they seek. It flouts an article of American faith: that just as some sacrifices must be made in safety's name, others must never be made.

September, 2001...In Defense of Freedom at a Time of Crisis ...American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

As we respond to this national crisis - and respond we must - we must not take for granted our basic freedoms, including the steadfast commitment to civil liberties and tolerance of others. Nor should we be willing to sacrifice these fundamental values, nor look the other way as they are undermined. For if we do, the enemy will have won.

9/18/01..Don't Form a Lynch Mob to Combat Terrorism ....Hugh Pearson, Newsday

A more reasoned reaction begs that we take our time, mourn our dead, try to some degree to understand the thinking of those who committed this vile act (and their sympathizers), and considerably shore up our defense against attacks. like this in the future (such as our shockingly lax airport-security system). All of this should come before more bombs, more bloodshed, more loss of innocent life in another part of the world. If that makes me a bleeding heart, so be it.

9/17/01..Intelligence and Terrorism ....New York Times Editorial

The pressure to relax restrictions is nearly overwhelming, but the nation will not be well served if there is a stampede in Washington to discard restraints that were carefully put in place to reflect and to protect the character and principles of American democracy.

9/12/01..U.S. Shouldn't Fight Violence With Violence ....by Stephen Zunes, Baltimore Sun

It would behoove this great nation not to respond to yesterday's terrorist attack on America in ways that would restrict civil liberties, particularly if the terrorists are from an immigrant community. Already, analogies are being drawn to Pearl Harbor, which resulted in the internment of tens of thousands of loyal U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry.

Recent Progressive Op-Ed Pieces By Common Dreams.Org - Compilation from Major Newspapers

September, 2001 Investigative Reporting

September, 2001..The End of Liberty: God Bless Big Brother ....By Damien Cave and Katharine Mieszkowski, Salon.Com

Law enforcement officials are taking advantage of the war on terrorism to get everything they ever wanted.

September, 2001..Afgan Women Struggle to Be Heard ....by Hamida Ghafour, Toronto Star

In the din of voices last week there was a small, ignored one coming out of somewhere in Pakistan. The voice came from the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, a group breaking every law the ruling Taliban has imposed on the country. Rawa, as it is known to its supporters and enemies, uses the Internet ( RAWA )as a vehicle for its cause.

September, 2001..Lone Voice Against the Spiral of Violence ....Ben Fenton, The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)

The only member of Congress to vote against a resolution giving President Bush a free hand in retaliating against terrorism represents a constituency that has become a byword for liberalism. The House of Representatives passed the resolution 420-1, with Barbara Lee the lone voice of opposition. Within her Ninth District of California lie the cities of Oakland and Berkeley, homes to probably the largest hippie communities of the 1960s and still hotbeds of radicalism 30 to 40 years later.

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