Patriot Act Essay

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Running Head: The PATRIOT Act 1 The PATRIOT Act In Regards to its Authorization of Surveillance And Search and Seizure Angela Rebholz HSM311: Ethics & Homeland Security Instructor: Joshua Rock Date: 5/21/2012 Running Head: The PATRIOT Act 2 On October 26, 2001, just a little over a month after the attacks on New York and Washington, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act, the government acted so quickly that the nation seen the Act as a violation of their civil liberties. This act grants special new powers to U.S. law enforcement agencies so that they can "hopefully" prevent future terrorist attacks. With these new powers, the law enforcement agencies can encroach upon the privacy of the citizens of the U.S. and foreign visitors to the U.S. without public knowledge or justifiable cause. This Act has been very controversial in its own right since the creation of it. “The Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Fourth Amendment has brought many expansions and changes to its powers since its inception in 1791. When the Fourth Amendment was written, it was a very simple and strict form of protection for the people against the government. Illegal search and seizure was only applied to the physical private property of citizens of the U.S. The amendment’s protection was only available to a defendant in federal court cases.” AP US History (Craigie B.)2002. “Within hours of the September 11 attacks, United States government ("Government") web content started disappearing from the Internet. In the days and weeks that followed, the Executive Branch clamped down on information at all levels and redefined the requirements and expectations of Government secrecy. Now, as Congress and the Executive

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