This programs wrestles with the issues that grew out of the September 11, 2001 attack, and The USA PATRIOT Act that was quickly passed after the attack. It was the type of action that a nation might take in time of war. And yet in the midst of this clear and present danger, there is a persistent uneasiness.
As the program unfolds, the panelists are pushed to explore the complexity, urgency and ambiguity of the issues facing the nation and its citizens in the battle against terrorism. Among the issues discussed are the dilemmas concerning surveillance; the issues involved in detention and trial of suspected terrorists; the challenges facing law enforcement as its goals change from apprehension to prevention; free speech and the potential limits in a time of crisis.
Funder: Columbia University