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After release of the draft report on July 16, many individual citizens and outside groups submitted written statements during a two-week public comment period, which concluded on July 30. The Commission read these submissions with interest and considered the numerous observations, suggestions, and criticisms.  Ultimately, the Commission chose to make only small changes. For the most part, the recent round of public comment restated perspectives and points shared before, during, and after the Commission’s five public meetings (see:, and so had already been taken into account by the Commission. Commissioners thank all those who, over the past year, have shared their insights into America’s enduring quest to secure rights at home and champion them abroad.


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The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future