Ten years later the American legal system, traumatized and transformed by Sept. 11, is still struggling to strike the balance between liberty and security, the National Law Journal reports. Quoting Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and others, the NLJ notes that the terror attacks triggered a revolutionary change in our legal landscape and has caused us to re-examine laws surrounding criminal surveillance, wiretapping, immigration, privacy and national security.
According to the NLJ, some argue that the American legal system has been radically transformed by 9/11 while others maintain that America's legal traditions, including its embrace of individual rights, have survived intact over the last 10 years. The debate continues over the wisdom and constitutionality of the legal response to Sept. 11 and now the main target is President Barack Obama. Read more about the issues surrounding post-September 11 legal policies.