The Patriot Act Essay

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Patriot Act In October 2001, after the horrible events of terrorism on our American soil, the US government passed a law. The Law’s goal was to deter and change terrorism by giving our law enforcement access to search through a variety of communication resources. The law gave the government access to telephone, email, blogging communications, as well as financial, medical, and personal documents and files. This law, or the USA Patriot Act, has helped the war against terror. Although many people argue that the USA Patriot Act is an invasion of privacy, it is really a resource in the fight against terrorism. On September 11th, 2001, the United States of America was attacked in New York City, Washington D.C and Pennsylvania by a terrorist organization. As a result of the horrible attacks, many lives were lost. The focus of our community and government was toward terrorism. The fear of more terrorist attacks reshaped the way Americans lived. As a result, the first act of controlling and protecting our country and citizens from terrorism was the USA Patriot Act. The Patriot Act by law stands for, The Uniting and Strengthening of America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. The Patriot Act allows our government officials who are fighting terrorism to monitor the activity of suspected or potential terrorists. The law permits the government to be able without warrant to have access to bank transactions, tax records, books rented from the library, and electronic surveillance to monitor phone conversations and internet emails. The opinions vary on the Patriot Act and its purpose. The first argument against the installation of the Patriot Act is that people believe it is a way for the government to spy on them. Although the act does give the government access to personal records, it is used strictly in the process of monitoring

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