Poli-Sci Top Secret America This documentary is a perfect example on how the government is extremely secretive and exhibits how the government handles certain situations that are not exactly the “American Way”. “The top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere” (The Washington Post). The result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe may be putting us in greater danger and slowing chipping away at our civil liberties because it was said “The Gloves are coming off” (Bush). This Secret
If the government feels the need to track every citizen does that mean there looking at all of us as possible terrorist? Technology provides the government with both public and private information. This is a dysfunction created by the United States which is the spying on American citizens. Although some may feel it’s a violation there are some situations that violate no one’s rights. Police are able to use technology freely in public spaces, in which people have no expectation of privacy.
But I agree with Sen. Patrick J. Leahy when he said that, “the biggest mistake we could make was to conclude that the terrorists threat was so great that we don’t need the Constitution. The first thing that we have to realize is not either or -this is not the Constitution versus capturing terrorist. We can have both.” I think that a way for the United States to balance out and security and rights is to refer back to the Constitution to make sure that the course of action that is being pursued is constitutional. Also, that if the government is to have more extended powers than they should extend more powers to the state as
We see this issue arising with the introduction of the Patriot Act after 9/11. Much debate has occurred concerning the issues of privacy related to the Patriot Act. Unlike the privacy issue in the book, everyone is monitored; where as the Patriot Act allows law enforcement to spy on an individual that might be a threat to national security. The second issue is that of government interaction. The
Non- citizen prisoners’ do not have the right of habeas corpus (Haynes, W. 2002, p.5312) because they are not protected by the Constitution. However, they do have basic human rights that need to be met. Citizen detainees do have the writ of habeas corpus (Haynes, W. 2002, p.5312) because they are protected by the Constitution. However what is stated above may not be what the United State Supreme Court thinks. In Boumediene versus Bush case, the court voted that the detainees have the right to habeas corpus, because Cuba’s base is technically American territory.
Attorneys for Schenck challenged the constitutionality of the Espionage Act on First Amendment grounds. Freedom of Speech, Schenck's attorneys argued, guarantees the liberty of all Americans to voice their opinions about even the most sensitive political issues, as long as their speech does not incite immediate illegal action. Attorneys for the federal government argued that freedom of speech does not include the freedom to undermine the selective service system by casting aspersions upon the draft. In a 9–0 decision, the Supreme Court affirmed Schenck's conviction. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. delivered the opinion.
It not only eerily resembles Orwell’s creation of “Big Brother”, but it also happens to be a massive waste of government resources and has shown very limited upside. For the good of the general public, the National Security Agency should not have access to domestic metadata on the grounds that it has acted unconstitutionally, unethically, and ineffectively. The NSA has secretly, yet deliberately, overstepped its constitutional boundaries. Under the Patriot Act and FISA warrants, the NSA has received judicial permission to pursue metadata avenues in hopes of foiling domestic terrorist attacks. Each time the agency desires to track an individual, it needs to file a request with FISA and a warrant can only be granted if there is reasonable suspicion.
The first supporting arguments would be that President Bush never presented evidence of Saddam Hussein having any interactions with terrorism. Say he might have done so where Is the evidence to prove the case, the only way people will believe such thing is when they are looking at the evidence. He might have been stockpiling biological any other weapons of mass destruction, but he never had any interactions with terrorism. The next supporting argument is, the United Nations neglected to the invasion of Iraq. The principal itself that the United Nation, the one and only organization that protects human rights and stands against threats to rights of all people, refused the invasion of Iraq should give enough reasons to not support the placement of war.
Violations of Americans Constitutional Rights Johnny Dunn EN1420 26 MAY 2014 Violations of Americans Constitutional Rights How Americans Constitutional Rights are being violated by The US government, referencing Amendment I, Amendment II, and Amendment IV of The US Constitution. Amendment I violations enabled by the US Patriot Act allows the government to monitor religious and political groups without suspecting criminal activity. This directly ignores the 1st Amendment stating, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. Further US Patriot Act infractions of the 1st Amendment, allows the government to prosecute librarians or any other record keepers if they tell anyone
ABSTRACT The FBI's focus is on stopping terrorism, corruption, organized crime, cyber crime and civil rights violations, as well as investigating serious crimes such as major thefts or murders. They also assist other law enforcement agencies when needed. “The FBI performs these responsibilities in a way that is responsive to the needs of the public and faithful to the Constitution of the United States.” After learning the objective and goals about the FBI, I have learned that these FBI agents are not being compensated enough for their duties. There are FBI agents who are financially not making it to support their families and themselves. This is a crisis that is happening nationally with many FBI agents who are not making enough money to live near the location of their jobs.