Synthesis Essay - Redo

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Kersten Zielinski Synthesis Essay ENGL 111 MW 5:30 – 6:50 November 11, 2007 Protecting America through the Patriot Act On October 26, 2001, a mere 45 days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the United States welcomed what is probably one of the most controversial pieces of legislation: the USA PATRIOT Act. The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 expanded the authority of U.S. law enforcement agencies for the stated purpose of fighting terrorism in the United States and abroad (“USA PATRIOT Act”). While opponents of the Patriot Act object out of fear of a police state, the truth is that it is a tool in the war against terrorism, but it still protects the rights and liberties of American citizens. According to John Ashcroft, the Patriot Act does three things: One, “it closes the gaping holes in law enforcement’s ability to collect vital intelligence information on terrorist enterprises. It allows law enforcement to use proven tactics long used in the fight against organized crime and drug dealers”; two, it “updates our anti-terrorism laws to meet the challenges of new technology and new threats”; and finally, with the critical new investigative tools that the Patriot Act provides, law enforcement can “share information and cooperate better with each other.” From prosecutors to intelligence agents, the Patriot Act “allows law enforcement to ‘connect the dots’ and uncover terrorist plots before they are launched” (Ashcroft 421). The Patriot Act was launched in order to help protect America from other attacks like those of 9/11. People feel that Patriot violates their First Amendment rights because it allows federal agents to access
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