Post date: September 12, 2003
Writing in the current edition of the Harvard Law Record student newspaper, Professors Alan Dershowitz and Charles Ogletree weighed in on the various responses to the terrorist strikes of September 11, 2001.
Ogletree, in an article entitled “Remembering 9/11: Lost Lives, Lost Opportunities” commented that the USA Patriot Act has denied “just treatment” for many American citizens and immigrants. He argued that the United States, “must avoid … the infringement of the constitutional rights of the innocent in the name of protecting national security.”
Dershowitz examined instances of anti-Semitism that have arisen in the wake of 9/11. Calling the terrorists “arch villains,” Dershowitz argues that there were other villains as well, including poet Amiri Baraka who suggested that Jewish workers in the World Trade Center complex were warned to leave ahead of time. Dershowitz closes his essay by urging “people of goodwill” to condemn all the villains 9/11.