39 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1501 (2002)
The USA-Patriot Act and the American Response to Terror: Can We Protect Civil Liberties after September 11

handle is hein.journals/amcrimlr39 and id is 1511 raw text is: PANEL DISCUSSION
THE USA-PATRIOT ACT AND THE AMERICAN RESPONSE TO
TERROR: CAN WE PROTECT CIVIL LIBERTIES
AFTER SEPTEMBER 11?
A Panel Discussion with Congressman Barney Frank,
Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff,
Professor David Cole, Mr. Stuart Taylor, Jr.,
and Ms. Beth Wilkinson
Moderated by Mr. Jeffrey Toobin
March 6, 2002
Georgetown University Law Center
DAVID S. LEE: Good evening, and welcome to the American Criminal Law
Review's seventh annual debate. I am David Lee, and I have been privileged to
serve as the Editor-in-Chief for the past year. The ACLR is published four times
annually and our articles, student-authored notes, and events explore the cutting-
edge issues in criminal law. Six years ago, this debate series was instituted to
celebrate ACLR's twenty-fifth anniversary here at Georgetown. The debate brings
to campus distinguished speakers to discuss contemporary legal and public policy
criminal law issues. The transcript of tonight's debate is then published in a future
ACLR issue. Once again, I would like to thank all of you for attending tonight and
now would like to introduce the main force behind this event, David Suchar, our
Executive Editor.
DAVID E. SUCHAR: Thank you, David. Good evening and welcome to this
year's symposium. Our symposium topic this year is the USA PATRIOT Act' and
the American response to terror. Throughout the past forty years, editors and staff
of the American Criminal Law Review have sought to address cutting-edge issues
in criminal law, many concerning the appropriate balance between protecting civil
liberties and preserving the power of law enforcement in the American justice
system. Tonight's topic is a shining example of that tradition. Enacted in late
October of 2001 in response to the September 11 [2001] attacks, the USA
PATRIOT Act altered the existing balance between law enforcement capabilities
and the expectations of American citizens. We are privileged tonight to have
t. The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct
Terrorism Act, Pub. L. No. 107-56, 115 Stat. 272 (2001) [hereinafter USA PATRIOT Act].

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