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M_Wharton_Paper_1 - Matt Wharton 1 POS 230 Protecting...

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Matt Wharton 1 POS 230 Protecting Liberty in Post-9/11 America In the years following the 9/11 attacks, the US is increasingly having to strike a balance between civil liberties/rights and national security . So how does the US accomplish this onerous task? On September 11 th , 2001, 19 Islamic terrorists hijacked four passenger airplanes on domestic flights, flew them into both World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. Thanks to the bravery of those aboard infamous United Flight 93, the fourth plane crash- landed in a field in Pennsylvania . These attacks resulted in the death of 2,974 people. 45 days later, in response to this new paradigm of peril, President George W . Bush signed into law the USA PATRIOT Act . This new law increased law enforcement agencies’ ability to gather intelligence on terror suspects . Homeland Security Director, Tom Ridge stated, “the authorities of the Patriot Act exist to protect the very liberties that our Founders established in the Constitution . By protecting our freedoms, our civil liberties are enhanced, not diminished” 1 . President Bush and his administration had an obligation to Americans to pass this law and in doing so have protected civil liberties, not restricted them . That being said, it is not necessary for the United States government to strive to strike a balance between national security and civil liberties because they are, under the
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