week202122 - Chapter 21 Sedition Act 1918 1. Do you think...

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Chapter 21 Sedition Act 1918 1. Do you think that an act like this is necessary during wartime? I do believe that this act was and is crucial during wartime. Why do you think it passed? I believe that it passed because of the need to control the media, in times of war or conflict even. There are many things that go on during wartime that should not be of public knowledge. Like where are troops are located, hence if this information gets into the wrong hands it can put our soldiers into harms way. It was passed for security reasons for their protection. The other part of this Act, discusses the area of printing anything against the US Government or its military, including flying flags of our enemies. I believe that this also goes hand in hand with the Espionage Act in 1917. 2. Compare the Sedition Act to some of the legislation that has passed in the U.S. since the September 11th attacks. Are there any similarities? The only opinion that I could come up with for this relates to the USA Patriot Act, yet I cannot fully comment on this as all the details are not public knowledge as the same with the Patriot Act II. There is censorship right there with the fact that all the details are not marked for public viewing. The Patriot Act II was specificly marked “Confidential – Not for Distribution” I can understand some of the basis for this, as I am sure that it discusses matters of National Security. 3. The recognition of civil liberties and the right to free speech are rights that most Americans take for granted. Should the government ever have the right to deny those liberties? Yes, in areas of National Security and to protect our soldiers they should have the right to deny. I do not think that protesting the War or any war should be censored, it should remain our right to do this as protesting is not 'giving away secrets'. As with the Sedition Act and following Acts of Patriot Act and Patriot Act II, yes I believe that these topics of military safety should not be public knowledge. On a personal note, my daughter who is in the Marine Corp presently, and has served in Afghanistan in 2009, so I have gotten first hand reports on what is going on, yet there is still a lot that she was not allowed to tell me duty to security reasons. 4. What benefits would the government gain from the passage of this act? If someone was 'helping' our enemies, I believe that the government has the right to intervene. Maybe just the threat of what could happen to them would be enough to deter some from forms of Espionage. As I have stated previously, censorship should only be deemed necessary when it has to do with National Security and keeping our troops safe. Wilson's 14 points 1. What were the Fourteen Points? How did Wilson plan to combine them to achieve peace? These 14 points were delivered by Pres. Wilson in 1918.
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This note was uploaded on 07/01/2011 for the course HIST 112 taught by Professor Quatrone during the Fall '10 term at Holyoke CC.

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