Attorney General John Ashcroft wants Congress to assist the battle against terrorism by changing laws affecting intelligence gathering, money laundering, immigration, and criminal justice. A panel explains the proposals and concerns they raise about preserving civil liberties.


  • David Cole professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and author of "The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable". Previous books include "Less Safe, Less Free," and "Terrorism and the Constitution."
  • Victoria Toensing former chief counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General. While serving at the Department of Justice Ms. Toensing created the Terrorism Section. She is now in private practice in Washington, D.C.
  • Joan Biskupic Supreme Court reporter, "USA Today;" author, "Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice;" now working on a biography about Justice Antonin Scalia.

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