ADL Opens Dialogue with U.S. Attorney General
New York, NY, June 22, 2005 … A host of issues that fall within the purview of the Justice Department was discussed at a meeting between Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) leadership in Washington, D.C.
Among the issues raised by ADL was the Patriot Act, and the need to assess various controversial provisions in light of factual data regarding their application and not simply according to heated rhetoric.
In response to ADL's concerns regarding the use of state and local law enforcement officials to implement national immigration policy, Attorney General Gonzales expressed his sympathies and sensitivity regarding the fair treatment of minorities in this country. He explained that the challenge for him was to maintain effective mechanisms for confronting hate crimes in the minority community while calling upon local law enforcement officials to assist in identifying unfamiliar or dangerous individuals in the immigrant community who supported terrorism.
On the issue of religious liberty, while commending the Justice Department for the excellent work that it has done in protecting the rights of religious observers against discrimination, the League leaders made clear that employment discrimination on the basis of religion had no place in publicly funded social service programs.
ADL has historically supported the work law enforcement agencies and continues its support for the careful calibration of individual liberty and national security. The League's extensive domestic and international work in combating hate on the Internet, and its prior work with the Justice Department in supporting both Internet and community-based anti-bias programs makes it one of the preeminent agencies in the field.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.