To be clear, these are just some of the many misguided measures our nation pursued in the years after September 11th, undermining civil rights and civil liberties along the way. It’s important to also note that reviewing the mistakes our government made around the world over the past 20 years—rendition, torture, Guantanamo Bay, drone strikes, the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan—would require a list of its own.
For now, as we mark the 20th anniversary of September 11th, let us remember those our nation lost on that day—and let us also reflect upon what our Constitution has lost as a result of that day.
Edward Ahmed Mitchell is a civil rights attorney who serves as the National Deputy Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He is also the current vice president of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML).
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