"This is not the final gunshot. It's the opening salvo," said Charles Shanor of Emory University School of Law. "It's a complex process that no doubt will involve the courts, the legislature and public opinion. And it could turn on matters that are as nonlegal as whether there is another terrorist attack between now and judicial decision time."
The process involves weighing whether the judgments made in the act were appropriate or over-reactions, Shanor and others said.
"Part of the context of this is the Patriot Act was enacted in an environment where there was virtually no discussion or careful scrutiny," said Stephen Schulhofer of New York University School of Law. "Maybe there shouldn't have been because we needed to act quickly. But now we have the time and room for thought about what we need in the post-9/11 world."
"[N]ow we have the time and room for thought about what we need . . . ." Let's use it wisely. Details here from The National Law Journal.