Patriot Act Essay

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Kelsa Duty February, 23 2012 HSI150 USA Patriot Act Essay Forty-five days after the September, 11 terrorist attacks on the United States which was October 26, 2001, congress passed the USA Patriot Act. Also known as the “uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” Act. The USA Patriot Act was created with noble intention of finding and prosecution international terrorists operating on American soil, however the unfortunate consequences of the Act have been drastic. Many of the Patriot Act’s provisions are in clear violation of the U.S constitution, and that’s why I am against the USA Patriot Act. The Patriot Act basically gives almost unlimited anti- privacy powers to domestic law enforcement and international intelligence agencies. Patriot virtually eliminates checks and balances that previously gave courts the opportunity to ensure that those powers were not abused. But the Act lets them do as they please and it’s not right. I believe the USA Patriot Act takes away our rights under the United States constitution. The Act permits government to search citizens, as well as non- citizens, medical records, tax records, library records, the ability to listen on private phone conversations and the power to conduct secret searches on private, individual homes. They can also follow you around and catch you on government cameras, this is a serious problem to me they have no rules it seems like. The Act also is in direct conflict with the Forth Amendment of the United states, which states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, homes, papers, effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, should not be violated. The Amendment was designed to protect Americans from this very type of legislation. All of these violations of our rights this is why I am against the Patriot
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