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Legal responses to 9/11 still in flux

Just days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, then-Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor kept a long-standing commitment to help dedicate a new building at New York University School of Law.

She visited Ground Zero first, and told her NYU audience, “I am still tearful from that glimpse.” O’Connor went on to predict that “the trauma that our nation suffered will and already has altered our way of life, and it will cause us to re-examine some of our laws pertaining to criminal surveillance, wiretapping, immigration, and so on.…As a result, we are likely to experience more restrictions on our personal freedom than has ever been the case in our country.”