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PRIVACY BEING JEOPARDIZED 4 Running Head: PRIVACY BEING JEOPARDIZED 1 Privacy Being Jeopardized by the Government and the PATRIOT Act Miranda Simmons Eng 122 Prof. Matthew Norsworthy September 22, 2010 The United States was formed to be a country unlike others; it became the “free and independent states” (Jefferson, 1776) that is known now as The United States of America. The citizens here live in the land of the free, home of the brave, and have had the luxury of freedom, liberty, equality, and justice, along with being governed by a constitutional based government, represented by both the republican, democratic, and liberatarian parties. There are vast opportunities and privileges throughout the country that others can only dream about living in. In 1776, Thomas Jefferson composed the Declaration of Independence, thus separating from Great Britain and establishing them as The United States of America. In this Declaration, Jefferson states: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its
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PRIVACY BEING JEOPARDIZED 4 Running Head: PRIVACY BEING JEOPARDIZED 1 foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…. (The Declaration of Independance) From the time of independence through 1787, the country operated under the Articles of Confederation. This was ratified in 1789 when the fore-fathers of the United States designed a Constitution of the United States, forming a new government and ensuring that everybody would be entitled to the same rights and equality. Due to British’s violation of civil rights, the Constitution was amended. Today, there are 27 amendments to the Constitution, the first 10 being known as The Bill of Rights, which gave the individual citizens specified rights so the government could not abuse their power (U.S. Congress, 1789) . As of 9/11, those rights and guarantees have been continuously diminished and stripped from the citizens who they affect daily. Some of the rights each person is entitled to have been stricken from them due to The USA PATRIOT Act. What people have learned to appreciate and enjoy is no longer the same. All I want is to be left alone, in my average home But why do I always feel Like I’m in the Twilight Zone? —Rockwell, ‘‘Somebody’s Watching Me’’
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