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Convince Speech Steven Rizzo October 9, 2007 Section 9 Prof. Russo Title: The Patriot Act: The Government Gone too far General Subject: The Patriot Act Specific Subject: The Patriot Act severely weakens Americans civil liberties as guaranteed by the Constitution. Purpose: To convince the audience that the Patriot Act clearly impedes Americans’ guaranteed civil liberties at the expense of increased security measures that have not even been proven effective. Main Ideas: I. The Patriot Act was approved under dubious measures, including using the recent 9/11 attacks as justification and stifling oversight and debate in Congress. II. The Patriot Act hinders the rights of legal immigrants by allowing the detention and deportation of non-citizens without true judicial review and preventing immigrants from entering the country because of unpopular speech. III. New surveillance measures allow the search of records without a court order through the use of “National Security Letters” as well as expand the kind of records the government is allowed to view. Central Idea: The Patriot Act, while having some provisions that are reasonable in the fight against terrorism, also has specific measures that violate Americans civil liberties in areas like surveillance and rights of immigrants. Introduction: Would you agree to U niting and S trengthening A merica by P roviding A ppropriate T ools R equired to I ntercept and O bstruct T errorism? Who wouldn’t? Well, for one I wouldn’t. This is actually the title of the controversial USA Patriot Act, of which you’ve all heard of but might not know the actual details. While the Act was designed to help fight terrorism, there are certain provisions which I feel go too far in granting the executive branch an excess of power at the expense of your rights, and mine. There are three main points I will touch upon that will hopefully explain why parts of the Patriot Act should be revoked. I will first give a brief history of how the Act was passed. I will also explain why the Act unfairly violates the rights of legal immigrants, including their freedom of speech. Finally, I will detail the questionable surveillance measures that can now be used on any American citizen, even those not under federal investigation.
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Body: I. The Patriot Act was approved under dubious measures, including using the recent 9/11 attacks as justification and stifling oversight and debate in Congress. a. The 1 st draft of the Patriot Act was introduced on September 19 th , 2001 i. As soon as the bill was announced, Attorney General John Ashcroft originally urged Congress to adopt the 342 page document by September 21st ii. Still, it ultimately took only 45 days for the bill to be drafted, debated and passed, an unusually fast process. iii.
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