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How can people truly be free if that very freedom itself is what allows their lives to be threatened? Ever since the inception of the constitution, American leaders have had to confront the question of whether they would violate the constitution if doing so was the only way to save or preserve its principles; would you break it to save it? On September 11, 2001 the United States experienced a catastrophic event that was executed not by a foreign power, but by people who were protected by the same liberties and rights that all citizens have. It became clear that had certain provisions been in place which would have allowed law enforcement agencies a certain degree of leeway in investigating suspected terrorists, that perhaps such events could have been prevented. This realization quickly led to the adoption of the US PATRIOT Act, which effectively expands the authority of the federal government to investigate suspected domestic terrorists’ activities to prevent potential threats to national security before they occur. This means lowering restrictions on conducting electronic surveillance and searches in cases where if done prior to this bill’s adoption, would require a greater degree of authority to approve. The point of doing so was not for the primary purpose of potentially undermining certain civil liberties granted by the constitution, but because the nature of domestic terrorism is carried out by utilizing the protected freedoms and liberties this country provides in order to avoid attention and detection by law enforcement. However, as a result of the revisions within the act, it is inevitable that certain civil liberties of law abiding citizens could potentially be undermined and thus, their constitutional rights could be at risk. As Americans it is in or nature to be skeptical and even resistant of such measures because our country is derived from the fundamental tenet of preserving freedom, and when that freedom is threatened or compromised, it is only natural to be unsupportive of such
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initiatives. It is my position that although the Patriot Act may very well violate certain liberties, that it is not the intention to violate the liberties of law-abiding citizens and that there clearly are provisions in the act that aim to prevent the misuse of this new authority. Furthermore the Patriot Act was adopted at a time where the nation was in a state of emergency and for good reason, they made sure that a number of provisions were only temporary and subject to further review and that because of these aspects of the act, the effect it has on American civil liberties is not a concrete unquestionable compromise of the law. By examining the most controversial aspects of the act including wiretaps and search warrants, as well as the aspects of the act that have been adjusted or changed since its adoption and finally, and examination into the American public’s perception of the act, it will be demonstrated that the Patriot Act is essential in fighting domestic terrorism
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