Timeline: 2000s

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Thumbs Down U.S. invades Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2001.

Thumbs Down Homeland Security and USA Patriot Act, 2001. Eight states condemn the Act for attacking civil liberties.

Feb. 15, 2003: Millions in over 800 cities protest impending U.S. invasion of Iraq. It is the largest antiwar protest in history.

U.S. invades Iraq, without U.N. approval, March 20, 2003.

Thumbs DownThe EPA informs 31 states that the air quality in their states does not meet federal standards.

Thumbs DownReports of fraud in 2004 presidential election.

Thumbs Down FEMA slammed for Katrina and Rita hurricane response and treatment of evacuees.

Thumbs UpSupreme Court rules capital punishment unconstitutional for those who were under 18 when they committed crimes.

Thumbs DownU.S. Vice President Dick Cheney endorses torture known as “waterboarding.” U.S. claims prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo are not entitled to Geneva Convention protections.

Thumbs DownKyoto Protocol takes effect 2005: 141 countries pledge to reduce emissions of global warming gasses. The U.S. does not sign.

Thumbs Down Illegal government wiretapping.

Thumbs UpNew Jersey and Massachusetts allow marriage for same-sex partners.

Thumbs UpSpring 2006: Millions protest in hundreds of cities in favor of human rights for immigrants.

Thumbs DownPresident Bush signs off on plans to build a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border

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