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Counterterrorism Expert: National Security Policies Should Be Effective and Constitutional

Life Stories: Faiza Patel 5:45

Faiza Patel was shocked when she moved back to the United States after 9/11. "I didn't recognize the legal system that I had left behind," Patel, an attorney and co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice's Liberty and National Security Program, told NBC News. "I felt there was this huge change in sort of fundamental aspects of the system in terms of non-discrimination, the protection of free speech, and the protection of religious rights."

In this week's "Life Stories," Patel, who was born in Pakistan and moved to the U.S. where she studied at Harvard, describes the reason for what she does as being two-fold: ensuring that national security policies are effective, but also that they are "in line with our constitutional values and that they don't damage vulnerable communities."

Faiza Patel, March 24, 2016
Faiza Patel, co-director of the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program, discusses her areas of expertise at Rockefeller Center, New York City, March 24, 2016. Benjamin To / NBC News

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