Patriot Act Synthesis Essay

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Synthesis Essay The ex-President of the United States, while being interview about the Patriot Act said, “I want to make sure the American people understand ... we have an obligation to protect you and while we're doing that, we're protecting your civil liberties.” Forty-five days after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, 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 Patriot Act was created with the fine intention of finding and prosecuting 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, a document drafted to protect American rights and freedoms. The Patriot Act authorizes unethical and unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens with a negligible improvement in national security. Free speech, free thinking, and a free American lifestyle cannot survive in the climate of distrust and constant fear created by the Patriot Act. The words that Bush once said about protecting civil liberties have been forgotten. Undoubtedly, The Patriot Act takes away individual privacy rights and liberties from American citizens in exchange for the “greater good” of the country. The first reason of how the Patriot Act negatively affects our society is by taking away freedom of speech and the right to express and communicate ideas. The great American patriot Robert F. Kennedy once said in his famous Day of Affirmation Address that the first and most critical element of “individual liberty is the freedom of speech; the right to express and communicate ideas, to set oneself apart from the dumb beasts of field and forest . . .”(Source A). In other words what
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