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Background on Civil Liberties

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the U.S. government has sought to enhance national security, necessitating a careful balance between protecting fundamental civil liberties and providing for the safety and well-being of American citizens. Many of the new measures that have been proposed and instituted to combat terrorism provide necessary improvements to the ability of law enforcement officials to protect our country from future attacks. Despite these efforts, the Reform Jewish community and others concerned about the protection of civil liberties believe that many of the post-September 11th changes to law enforcement have compromised our constitutional rights to freedom of speech, privacy and due process.

To learn more about today's most pressing civil liberties issues, check out the RAC blog.