October 26, 2011
What were you doing ten years ago today?
October 26, 2001. Do you remember what you were doing that day? Probably not.
But do you remember what President Bush did on that day? A stroke of his pen changed the course of history in America.
Ten years ago today, George W. Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
By signing that law, President Bush shredded the constitutional rights that had defined our nation for more than two centuries. In the decade since, our government has continued to chip away at the protections contained in the Bill of Rights, repeatedly reauthorizing and expanding the PATRIOT Act’s dangerous powers—as recently as this spring—while also launching new and more troubling surveillance and profiling programs.
We at the Bill of Rights Defense Committee have been organizing against the USA PATRIOT Act from the beginning. Just weeks after the law went into effect, we began a campaign against it, leading a nationwide effort that supported local resolutions defending the Bill of Rights in more than 400 cities and towns, plus eight states, throughout the country. And we’re continuing that effort today, supporting dozens of local coalitions working toward enforceable civil liberties and civil rights protections in cities from Hartford to Chicago to San Francisco.
Every dollar helps, and your donation will send a message: It’s been ten years, but we haven’t forgotten about the PATRIOT Act and all the damage it’s done to our rights.
Thank you for helping us defend the rights that make America the great nation it has always been. We will stand for liberty even when our government won’t, and we are thankful that you stand with us.