2001 September 14

President Bush Declares National Emergency on Terrorism


Three days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon building, President George W. Bush declared a national emergency regarding terrorism. Officially, it was the “Declaration of National Emergency by Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks.” See also the separate entry on this day for the Joint Resolution on Use of Force, which provided the basis for the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001.

Until the 1970s, national emergencies had no time limits. That changed in 1976, with the National Emergencies Act, passed 25 years earlier, on September 14, 1976.

Read the full Declaration: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=61760#axzz2hjuQNcFD

Read the ACLU Report on the state of civil liberties “Ten Years After 9/11”https://www.aclu.org/files/assets/acalltocourage.pdf

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