PatriotAct - Friday, November 17, 2006 The First Amendment...

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Friday, November 17, 2006 The First Amendment after 9/11: The USA Patriot Act, Privacy, Security and Access to Government Information Bad Tendency 1. Means that if speech had any intention of causing bad consequences to the government then it could not be protected 2. Has nothing to do with whether or not any real danger existed. Has to do with possible outcomes and how power was threatened. 3. Episodes in History: a. Abolitionists b. WWI and WWII c. Civil Rights Movement d. War on Terrorism (is it a return to bad tendency?) First Amendment Concerns 1. Criminalizing legitimate political dissent 2. Guilt by association 3. Severely restricting public access to government information 4. Closing trials related to terrorism 5. Interfering with privacy rights USA Patriot Act 1. Designed to “deter and punish terrorist acts in the US and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools and for other purposes” 2.
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