Airs Sunday, February 23 at 6 p.m. The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and internet communications per day. Are these surveillance programs legal? Do they keep us safe? What tradeoffs are we willing to make between security and privacy? As Benjamin Franklin might have asked, "Are we giving up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety, and thus deserving of neither?"
Arguing for the motion Stewart Baker, First Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security and Richard Falkenrath, Principal at The Chertoff Group & Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor. Arguing against the motion are David Cole, Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel fro the ACLU Washington.