Posted on June 10, 2005 in Speeches and Appearances

Zogby Statement before the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary (pdf)

Hearing on "Reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act"

Dr. James J. Zogby
Arab American Institute
1600 K Street NW, Suite 601 Washington, DC 20006
(202) 429-9210
June 10, 2005

Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member, Members of the Committee, thank you for convening this important hearing and for inviting me to be with you today.

The horrific terrorist attacks of September 11 were a profound and painful tragedy for all Americans. None of us will ever forget that awful day when thousands of innocent lives were lost.

The attacks were a dual tragedy for Arab Americans. We are Americans and it was our country that was attacked. Arab Americans died in the attacks. Arab Americans were also part of the rescue effort. Dozens of New York City Police and rescue workers who bravely toiled at Ground Zero were Arab Americans...