Patriot Act Essay

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Securing American 1 Securing America and Protecting Civil Liberties POL201 American National Government 04 April 2011 Securing American 2 Securing America and Protecting Civil Liberties September 11, 2001 not only changed how we as American’s see the world, but it changed some of out very liberties that were taken for granted. After the horrific attack on 9/11 the government was looking for a quick and easy fix to gather information quickly and with accuracy. Senator Daschle from North Dakota along with 25 co-sponsors passed and agreed on the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT). In short this bill gave the government authority that some may say crosses our civil liberties. Bad reporting and fear has had some individuals question it’s legality. While reading the USA PATRIOT ACT I noticed that it does take down some of the barriers that were in place prior to 9/11. A good example it authorizes measures to enhance the ability of domestic security services to prevent terrorism. It allows the FBI to request financial records and other reports that may be related to terrorism, but makes a very important note not to infringe on the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Bill Summary & Status 107th Congress). The bill also leaves a door open to search and seizure of property acquired from electronic surveillance. Throughout the Patriot Act it likes to use the terms “electronic surveillance”, but it really never gets specific on the who, what, when and where. The First Amendment, which gives us freedom of expression, speech, press, religion, and assembly (Bill Summary & Status 107th Congress), can be taken out of context. How does the government try to protect us from terrorism if you have an individual who either on the

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