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Baker 1 Brandon Baker Professor Perdue EN 102-089 17 April 2007 The Patriot Act: Invading Your Privacy Since 2001 Have you ever felt like you were being watched or followed? Do you ever wonder if someone is watching and documenting your every move? Well if you answered yes to either question then you could have been right. Everyday, people’s lives are being invaded and their personal privacy and civil liberties are thrown out the door. Do you know why this is possible? It is made possible by the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, or USA Patriot Act for short. This act strikes fear in the hearts of immigrants and American citizens of a non-Caucasian ethnicity. The USA Patriot Act is unconstitutional in many ways and should be abolished because it invades the privacy and civil liberties of the American people. President George W. Bush signed the act into effect immediately after the tragedy of September 11. It was supposed to be a way for government officials to protect the American people by eliminating terrorists, however, these powers are being abused and the act has mutated into this tool for privacy invasion. With the power provided by the act, the FBI, CIA, and other programs can search homes, businesses, computers, or libraries without warrant or reason. These authority figures have abused and manipulated their powers and in my opinion it is hurting the American people. Action must be taken to stop this unfair and unjust tyranny. According to New York City Councilman Charles Barren, “…the so-called Patriot Act is completely unpatriotic. It is a threat to the fundamental rights and liberties the people of this nation hold dear, such as our right to free speech, to privacy, and to due process of law” (Stewart
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Baker 2 para. 2). His statement supports the feeling that the USA Patriot Act is abusing its power to invade the civil liberties of the American people. It is important for someone like Barren, who is a respected politician with a credible reputation, to speak up against national injustice. Lastly, if more politicians and high ranking officials would voice their opinions then maybe this detrimental act could be abolished and people would not have to live in fear anymore. The Patriot Act has been in use since September of 2001, however, in 2005 Congress met to review the status and effectiveness of the act. A gathering of this was most likely needed because the Act was passed so hurriedly after 9/11 that most members of Congress had not even read it ( USA Today pg.12a, 2005). This meeting gave them the ability to go back and try to fix their mistakes and make this situation right, but to no surprise, they thought everything was fine and kept the act in circulation. In the USA Today article, the author describes how the bill needed to be passed to protect American citizens from terrorism but also how their lives should not be invaded and their rights abused. As reported in 2005, more than 380 communities and seven
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