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AHSA Midterm - American History Society and the Arts...

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American History, Society, and the Arts MID-TERM PAPER Only 45 days after the September 11 th terrorist attacks, US Congress passed the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act allowed the government to both spy and intrude on our actions. They can wiretap our phones, check the books we read by peeking in on our library card activity… and the list goes on. But why? Congress claims that the Patriot Act is in existence to protect us; if they find someone suspicious, they can spy on them legally to make sure they are not a terrorist/criminal. All they need is a “significant purpose”. Previously, warrants would be harder to obtain. Facts would have to be given to show a real reason for a warrant. Now, the government just needs to pull the “terrorist” card, and voila! They can intrude on whatever they want. The argument being made by many is that the Patriot Act threatens our constitutional rights. Many amendments seem to have been violated by this act. For example, the library holds thousands and thousands of books. These books were written by authors who exercised their first amendment right (freedom of expression). If these publications are legal, why would one get into trouble for reading them? There are hundreds of books out there about touchy subjects. If I take out a book about extortion and another book
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