[Michigan, September 11, 2023]:

The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the nation in observing Patriot Day, a day that commemorates the day of the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed almost three thousand Americans and caused immense destruction in New York City.

We join the rest of the nation in honoring and remembering those who lost their lives on that tragic day of September 11, 2001, United we stand against voices of intolerance and animosity seeking to divide us.

As Americans, we all wish to keep our nation safe. It is vital that our safety does not come at the expense of our freedoms and civil liberties.

Twenty-two years have passed, and these attacks continue to serve as a constant reminder that terrorism is a real threat and recognizes no national boundaries. It is motivated by blind hate and complete disregard for human lives. Terrorists do not respect human rights and international law. They are the enemies of humankind.

The attacks were used by those who wanted to take away American civil liberties and civil rights. We saw the rapid passage of the Patriot Act. Many innocent people paid a steep price for the terrorist attack that they had nothing to do with. Thousands of Arab and Muslim people with minor immigration violations were treated as national security threats, imprisoned, and deported. Arab and Muslim Americans were profiled at the nation’s points of entry.

Internationally, the 9/11 attacks resulted in the illegal invasion of Iraq, an invasion that caused massive devastation. The invasion was a violation of the UN charter and international law. The cost of the Iraq war for Americans is in the trillions of dollars.

On Patriot Day, we should remember that politicians make decisions that have consequences that we live with for decades.

“The 9/11 attacks were vile and caused so much pain and suffering,” said Imad Hamad. “Free societies should not allow terrorism to dictate their domestic and foreign policy,” added Hamad. “Human rights don’t cease to exist due to political or other expediencies,” added Hamad.

“Civil rights and civil liberties and respect for human rights and international law should never be sacrificed,” said Dr. Saleh Muslah, AHRC board president.

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