Big Brother is Watching Out for You
“On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial airliners and crashed two into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and the fourth in a field in Pennsylvania. On this day in history Americans sat glued to their televisions watching helplessly as the 110-story twin towers crumbled to the ground” (“Essay on USA…”) I remember that helpless feeling. Then I remember thinking, “How could we have not seen this coming?” Shortly after that the patriot act came into effect.
When Americans think about the patriot act, most believe that it’s a violation of privacy. But I like to stay on the positive side. I really do believe that our government is trying to protect us from terrorism by cracking down on surveillance. And why should I be worried about “big brother” going through my emails if I don’t have anything to hide. People need to be more rational about what they think the government is looking for. They aren’t trying to find your emails to your mistress, or looking at what embarrassing things you buy with that credit card your wife doesn’t know about. They are trying to prevent another 9/11 from happening and that’s exactly why George W. Busch signed it in October of 2001 (“USA Patriot Act”).
The definition of the patriot act is, “An Act of Congress that dramatically reduced the restrictions on law enforcement agencies' ability to investigate and gather information, and detain and deport people suspected of terrorism” (“Definition of Patriot”).What is often misunderstood with the Patriot Act is it defies our constitutional rights. And people often talk about the 4th amendment which is the right for people to be secure. According to debate.org, “People think that the Patriot Act is breaking this amendment's rules, and that is why they are against it, but they don't know the truth behind the Patriot Act. People think that the government wiretaps random people, which is a violation of the constitution, but...