The Patriot Act, terrorism, civil rights and privacy

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Guests: Manu Raju, Jennifer Granick and Mattathias Schwartz

Are we safe from terrorism now that the government can no longer collect the telephone records of millions of Americans? The provision of the Patriot Act that allowed the government to keep tabs on our phone calls expired Sunday night after the Senate failed to authorize it or pass a reformed bill offered by the House. It was a contentious battle that pitted lawmakers who see the program as a violation of privacy and civil rights against those who see it as a valuable tool in the fight against terrorism. The debate is expected to continue into this week and it is likely that a revised version of the law will pass. We’ll start off our conversation from Capitol Hill with Politico congressional reporter MANU RAJU. Then we’ll turn to JENNIFER GRANICK of the Stanford Center for the Internet and Society and journalist MATTATHIAS SCHWARTZ who has written about the National Security Administration’s phone record program for The New Yorker.

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