ADL Assesses Trends In Extremism And Bigotry In Decade Since 9/11

New York, NY, September 1, 2011 … In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has put together an assessment of a range of issues that came into focus in the aftermath of the attacks -- from the balance between security and civil liberties, to the threat of homegrown extremism, the spread of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and the rise of anti-Muslim bigotry.

"In the ten years since the 9/11 attacks, our country has experienced a number of changes that have affected our domestic and foreign policies, our sense of security and our identity as a nation," said Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair."The Anti-Defamation League has been at the forefront of dealing with many of the issues that have engaged the country since 9/11, and we continue to carefully monitor these issues and to speak out and take action whenever necessary."

"Our efforts post-9/11 have ranged from exposing and combating homegrown extremism and terrorism to ensuring that the government balances security with the protection of civil liberties," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director."We have had to confront the worldwide proliferation of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories blaming Jews or Israel for carrying out the 9/11 attacks, and the ugliness of increased bigotry against the Muslim-American community."

ADL's online assessment of the decade since 9/11 looks at a number of topics and how ADL and the nation responded to these challenges.The trends include:

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.