As Congress considers re-authorizing certain provisions of the law, the Cato Institute's Julian Sanchez and the Heritage Foundation's Jena Baker McNeill debate the anti-terrorism bill passed weeks after the 9/11 attacks.
Jena Baker McNeill says the Patriot Act was long overdue before the 9/11 attacks. Julian Sanchez says we need an analysis of the trade-offs that come with increased surveillance powers.
Julian Sanchez says the government has collected far more information than needed. Jena Baker McNeill says some of the proposed changes would remove the most effective portions of the Patriot Act.
Jena Baker McNeill says the law has facilitated the foiling of numerous terrorist plots. Julian Sanchez says some common-sense safeguards for civil liberties need to be adopted.