Letter to Attorney General re: Anti-Terrorism Legislation

October 1, 2001
Joint Letter to Attorney General
Regarding Anti-Terrorism Legislation

October 1, 2001

Honorable John Ashcroft
Attorney General of the United States
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20530

Dear General Ashcroft:

Thank-you for acting quickly and deliberately in response to the events of September 11, 2001. America has never experienced such unbelievable acts on U.S. soil, and we have assurance under the President’s and your leadership that justice will be brought to all perpetrators involved in these heinous acts.

In the days following the attacks, we joined a broad coalition of groups in signing on to10 principles known as “In Defense of Freedom at a Time of Crisis.” We were pleased to be part of the ad hoc group, recognizing the great need for security and civil liberties in a time of crisis. These groups came together in response to the attack on America, not in response to any legislative proposal.

Such claims that the 150 organizations signed on to the coalition oppose specific legislation are inaccurate. The website (http://www.indefenseoffreedom.org/) explicitly states: “The IDOF Coalition supports the ten point statement listed above. The Coalition neither supports nor opposes specific legislation or provisions of legislation. Individual organizations in the coalition, however, may have taken positions on specific legislation.”

We are currently reviewing a variety of legislative proposals. We look forward to continuing that work with you, others in the Administration, and Members of Congress on specific legislation in reaction to September 11.


Paul M

Lori L. Cole

Executive Director

Eagle Forum


Grover Norquist


Americans for Tax Reform

Steve Dasbach

National Director

Libertarian Party

J. Bradley Jansen

Deputy Director

Center for Technology Policy

Free Congress Foundation


Christian Josi

Executive Director

American Conservative Union

James A. Landrith, Jr.

Editor & Publisher

The Multiracial Activist

and Abolitionist Examiner

Twila Brase, R.N.


Citizens’ Council on Health Care

Tom Devine

Legal Director

Government Accountability Project


Ken McEldowney

Consumer Action


Morton H. Halperin

Scott Wallace

Director, Defender Legal Services

National Legal Aid and Defender Association


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