Analysis Essay on the Patriot Act

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Daniel Pinter Analysis essay on the Patriot Act PDA 1/10/14 What: A tool against terrorism. A response to 911. How: Despite the last 200 years of case precedent which expanded the interpretation of the Fourth Amendment, the USA PATRIOT ACT greatly expands the power of law enforcement including given the FBI and other law enforcement agencies the power to search people's homes, financial records, and emails and to indefinitely detain suspected terrorists. Because the PATRIOT ACT takes into account of the new realities and dangers posed by modern terrorists it will help law enforcement to identify, to dismantle, to disrupt, and to punish terrorists before they strike. Because the PATRIOT ACT was completely necessary to prevent any more such acts as that occurred on 9/11/01, Congress felt the need to act with such extreme haste that congressmen and senators were not even able to read the text of the act before it was brought to a vote. The passage from conception to law for the USA PATRIOT ACT was one of the shortest ever in American history. Given that the PATRIOT ACT upholds and respects the civil liberties guaranteed by our Constitution it passed through congress so quickly. On October 26, 2001, a mere forty-five days after the attacks on New York and Washington, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT ACT. Because these powers violate the fourth amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right of privacy, the question has become whether the special new powers granted by the USA PATRIOT ACT to law enforcement agencies
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