Patriot Act Speech

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James Carberry COM 150 May 3, 2011 Persuasive Speech Outline The Patriot Act I. Introduction: A. Attention-Getter YouTube Clip B. Purpose After hearing my speech, you will agree that the Patriot Act is unconstitutional and bad for the United States of America. C. Preview (Poster) 1. What is the Patriot Act? 2. Why is it bad? 3. Constitutional violations 4. What we can do to fix it? II. Discussion: A. What is the Patriot Act? (ACLU: Keep America Safe and Free) 1. The official title of the USA PATRIOT Act is "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism 2. An Act of the U.S. Congress that was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001 that dramatically reduced restrictions on law enforcement agencies' ability to search telephone, e-mail communications, medical, financial, and other records; eased restrictions on foreign intelligence gathering within the United States; expanded the Secretary of the Treasury’s authority to regulate financial transactions, particularly those involving foreign individuals and entities; and made it easier for law enforcement and immigration authorities to detain and deport immigrants suspected of terrorism-related acts. B. Why is it bad? (ACLU: Keep America Safe and Free) 1. It fundamentally changed Americans' legal rights in to many ways. a. Freedom of Association - Government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity to assist terror investigation. b. Freedom of Information - Government has closed once-public immigration hearings, has secretly detained hundreds of people without charges, and has encouraged bureaucrats to resist public records requests. c. Freedom of Speech - Government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any other
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