Patriot Act

Patriot Act - Matt Deis Mr. McNerney WRT 105 4 December...

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Matt Deis Mr. McNerney WRT 105 4 December 2009 The Fine Line Between Freedom and Security In Times of Crisis War in the Middle East, CEO’s stealing money from their own charities to supplement summer vacations and waterfront lodges, foreign superpowers building secret nuclear enrichment plants, Internet hackers ripping off credit card numbers from online super-stores: risk is prevalent in every aspect of modern day life. Nowadays, it is easy to point a finger at others and demand drastic measures to increase your own security. Only, of course, if this “increase in security” does not mean unidentified agents entering homes without permission, secret government agencies wiretapping phones, or paid mercenaries holding citizens without cause in a foreign prison for an undisclosed amount of time. After the world-altering events of September 11, 2001, the word security took on a whole new meaning. In fact, that word seemed to mean a different thing to every person on the street. To some, it meant putting extra locks on their door. To others, it meant going to the local military supply outlet and buying gas masks and flak jackets in preparation for global nuclear war. But, at the end of the day, every American old enough to understand the true tragedy of that day can agree that although they may haven taken their own personal precautions, when it came down to truly feeling safe, they looked to the government to be their ultimate defender. When the American people turned to their leaders on their last limb and asked for a way to sleep soundly at night, the government answered with a piece of legislation called the Patriot Act.
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Assembled and presented just a few days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, the USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America By Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001), commonly referred to as The Patriot Act, comprises of numerous revisions and extensions to the permitted reach of the United States government in terms of its ability to access private information of American citizens. Increased surveillance, secret wiretaps, and unwarranted arrests were all defended under the cause of national security and government agencies wasted no time putting those tools to use (GPO 1). Although these strategies could very well lead to the eventual protection of the people of America, not everyone was as willing to hand over their personal liberties as the government had hoped (ACLU 1). The bill was met with great opposition almost immediately by civil rights groups across the country, who claimed that the practices included in the bill were violations of the civil liberties of American citizens, and therefore these practices were illegal. Any activity deemed credible as possible terrorist activity was investigated to the end of
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