Patriot Act Paper

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Walker 1 Harris Walker English 102-Composition Church July 11, 2007 The Highest Violation of Privacy On September 11, 2001, the United States of America endured the worst attack on American soil in the history of our country. As a result, our government increased security and began trying to find ways to gather more intelligence as a way of preventing another attack of this nature. As a result of this heightening of national security, an act of Congress was born that would soon be regarded as one of the biggest violations of the Constitution in our nation’s history. Signed into law on October 26, 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act gave the federal government seemingly limitless powers for gathering intelligence as it relates to terrorism, but, at the same time, served as a humongous violation of both human rights and privacy.
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Walker 2 On October 24, 2001, The PATRIOT Act was introduced to the House of Representatives by Congressman James F. Sensenbrenner only 45 days after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Drafted by Assistant Attorney General Viet D. Dinh and soon-to-be Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff, the bill was quickly approved by the House and then by the Senate with only one dissenting vote. Being that it was introduced and signed into legislation by President Bush in a matter of only three days, the enormously powerful bill obviously was given little debate by Congress. The PATRIOT Act mainly served to strengthen the powers of law enforcement entities on all levels, including the Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The bill allows law enforcement agencies to carry out more clandestine investigations into those who they believe may be involved in terrorist activity, some of which may include warrantless phone and internet surveillance, access to confidential personal records, and investigation with searches of American citizens without probable cause. The prime problem with the PATRIOT Act is its allowance for the violation
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