POLITAL - Michael Blasius Professor Holtzman POLS 256-C 19...

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Michael Blasius Professor Holtzman POLS 256-C 19 October 2007 Civil Liberties in the New United States The events of September 11 th  introduced America to a new era in which our civil  liberties are being endangered in the name of increased national security. Although  some civil liberties must be slightly compromised in order to secure our nation, the  degree to which the United States government has invaded American’s privacy is  unconstitutional and unnecessary. Unlawful presidential orders and unconstitutional  legislation such as the Patriot Act have effectively nullified some of American’s most  essential liberties. In order to maintain this nation, we must stick to the principles by  which this country was founded upon and respect the unalienable liberties which are  essential to American life except in certain, legally defined circumstances. Before September 11 th , in order to search a person’s household or to wiretap  their phone, it was necessary for the government to obtain a search warrant from the  courts. Only forty-three days after the events of September 11 th , the Patriot Act was 
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passed which enabled the government to tap phone calls and make searches without  warrants in order to defend against terrorism. Instead of blatantly overriding the 
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course POLS 256 taught by Professor Holtzman during the Fall '08 term at Bryant.

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