On Saturday, the Bangor Daily News was kind enough to publish a piece I wrote about civil liberties in the ten years since 9/11.  In it, I take on former Vice President Cheney's notion that keeping America safe requires embracing tools from "the dark side".  Here is the conclusion:

"The history of our nation’s response to 9/11 has not finally been written, and we are still faced with enormous challenges. Hopefully, in 10 years when we pause to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks, we will view the stigmatization of Muslims with the same scorn we now have for the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.  Hopefully, too, our privacy laws will have been strengthened to provide safeguards for our right to be left alone. And hopefully, most Americans will recognize what people in Maine already know: safety and freedom are both part of America’s foundation.  We can be safe and free."

Tonight, the University of Maine School of Law and the Maine World Affairs Council are hosting a panel discussion on the law and foreign affairs since 9/11.  I hope you can attend.