State of American Muslim Civic Life: 20 Years After 9/11

In the days, months and years, following the tragic morning of September 11, 2001, American Muslims have borne the brunt of the Bush administration’s policies in reaction to those horrifying attacks.

Chief among those responses was the Patriot Act, which created a deeply disturbing and overly intrusive surveillance system. It could have been much worse. Suhail Khan, who was a senior political appointee in the Bush Administration, has received bipartisan praise for his work in trying to moderate efforts while the legislation was being drafted. We were honored to have him join our panel– his background as a lawyer and as an advisor on Capitol Hill and in the Bush Administration helped us understand what was happening in the room where decisions that transformed our lives were being made.

Civil society groups and the federal government have worked hand in hand over the past two decades in the response to 9/11, both on reforming our intelligence capabilities and our military and diplomatic response. To speak further on each of those, we were joined by Hamid Khan, who is currently a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and previously served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Departments of State and Defense.

Between our two panelists, we presented our audience with a 360-degree perspective in a bipartisan way of what happened after 9/11, why certain decisions were made, and reflections on what went well and what should have been done differently.


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