We write to you on behalf of a broad and diverse coalition of state and national organizations who actively support privacy, civil liberties and immigration rights to express our views on Congressional efforts to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report.
The Commission pursued an important investigation of the conditions that contributed to the failure to prevent the attacks of September 11, 2001. As Congress works to provide our nation with better protection from terrorist attacks, it is equally important to ensure that our civil liberties are well protected. Indeed, respect for civil liberties is what distinguishes us from those who would seek to impose their values through terrorist acts. We ask you to consider our views and suggestions as you move forward.