Patriot Act PAPAER

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Noah Snyder POLS 101 Rebecca Britton April 10, 2008 Does The Patriot Act Abridge Essential Freedom? Benjamin Franklin once said, “those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”. I think this statement still holds true today in our modern application of the Patriot Act. It is a hypocritical statement to say that one is unpatriotic if he or she does not support the Patriot Act. The patriot act abridges the freedoms that we take for granted every day. Nat Hentoff presents a better argument than Heather MacDonald does. Nat Hentoff states that we were too hasty in passing the Patriot Act because of our fear and anger at 9/11. Hentoff also states that the bill passed on October 12
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Unformatted text preview: th with 337 members saying yea and only 39 voting against. Most of the people approving the bill had not even taken the time to read the fine print of the bill. Heather MacDonald justifies the Patriot act by citing Abraham Lincolns suspension of habeas corpus and the Red Scare. Just because we have these atrocities in our nations past does not give us the right to repeat them again. We learn our nation’s history from grammar school on so we don’t repeat history’s mistakes. Nat Hentoff makes a much better argument against the Patriot Act than Heather MacDonald makes for it. In conclusion the Patriot Act abridges essential freedoms we often take for granted on a daily basis....
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