Latest LinksBy Margaret Berkland, Published on October 1, 2001
American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU web site provides insight into the issues of increased security vs. civil liberties. There are links to press releases, their Ten Points Statement of Principles: In Defense of Freedom at a Time of Crisis, and facts on airport security, secret evidence, and wiretapping.
Government Redistricting Web Sites
This website is administered by Purdue University. It provides links to the Census Bureau Redistricting site, the National Conference of State Legislatures redistricting page, and individual state redistricting web sites.
Interactive Relief and Rescue Map
This website displays an interactive relief and rescue map of New York City. The map shows the locations of restricted zones, relief organizations, grief counseling, blood donation centers, hospitals, missing persons, shelters, staging areas, places of worship, and the family assistance center. You can move around the map and zoom in and out. You can double click to get a larger map showing and identifying the collapsed or partially collapsed buildings and those with major damage. Double clicking on some information links you to other useful sites.
Post-Disaster Guidance and Other Information
The Office of Personnel Management maintains this web site of information useful in the wake of the September 11 terrorist events. It provides links under the categories of Assistance, Guidance, Other, and Chronology. Rights and benefits of reservists called to active duty, pay and leave guidance for federal employees affected, and excused absence and assistance to federal employees affected are a few of the valuable topics covered. There is also a link to the PDF version of the publication, Handling Traumatic Events: A Manager’s Handbook.
Resources for Dealing with Tragedy
The American Library Association has developed this useful page to provide a listing of recommended books and websites parents, teachers and children to use in dealing with the events of September 11.
Terrorism and U.S. Policy
This site is produced by the National Security Archive. This entity ”was founded in 1985 by a group of journalists and scholars who had obtained documentation from the U.S. government under the Freedom of Information Act and sought a centralized repository for these materials.” “The Archive is simultaneously a research institute on international affairs, a library and archive of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, a public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information through the FOIA, and an indexer and publisher of the documents in books, microfiche, and electronic formats.” It is funded by publications and private philanthropists. Documents are in PDF format and “include assessments of the terrorist threat and a CIA profile of Usama bin Ladin, presidential and Defense Department policy directives, the details about U.S. response to specific terrorist attacks, and evaluations of U.S. government preparedness to deal with terrorism.