Patriot Act Essay

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The Patriot Act The defense of this nation is undeniably a very, very difficult task. Many times it can seem nearly impossible to those familiar with the job. Now more than ever our national security has come under fire from not only outside militant combatants but from our own politicians. Because of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 the national spotlight has been focused on the many forms and techniques that are used to protect the nation on a day-to-day basis. With the passing of the USA Patriot Act in 2001 much controversy has been created in response to the acts seemingly endless power it allots to the intelligence community and investigative forces. The first reading by Walter M. Brasch titled “America’s Unpatriotic Acts,” brings forth the argument in refute of the Patriot Act. Brasch argues that the Patriot Act not only infringes on Constitutional liberties but is also absurdly unnecessary. Brasch also blames the passing of act merely on the curtails of Sept. 11. “The nation had been attacked,” says Brasch, “Americans were rightly frightened.” Critics to the Patriot Act typically make the argument that the American people were in need of some progress in tracking down terrorists and in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks passed the Patriot Act without fully understanding it. This is a completely reasonable argument in the scope of things. The people and law-makers were both left feeling very vulnerable and in a sense naked after the attacks and in many ways the Bush Administration fed off that and introduced the Patriot Act in order to gain more control. This is, many argue, an example of the Bush Administration becoming an imperialistic entity. Critics also argue that the bill was passed without the full understanding, and namely the actual amount of power the Patriot Act really gave. Perhaps if the people and the law-makers

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