April 24 - Civil Liberties Under Fire and the War on Terror

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Political Science 201 American Government April 24, 2007 Civil Liberties Under Fire and the War on Terror Elites, the Mass Public, and the “War on Terror:” Populism vs. Elitism o USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001) Signed into law under 2 months after the 9/11/2001 attacks Arguments for USA PATRIOT Act: 1. Allows the government to use new technologies to address new threats o Ex. wire taps, email monitoring 2. Helps dismantle legal and regulatory policies that limit the sharing of information 3. Many of the tools in the Patriot Act had already been used to investigate organized crime and drugs; why not extend them Arguments against USA PATRIOT Act 1. Many provisions in the Patriot Act violate individual liberties o Right to privacy 2. Violates the rights of legal immigrants o Allows authorities to detain them indefinitely on
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