Terrorism and the Patriot Act

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Terrorism and the Patriot Act The Constitution of the United States is the ultimate American law. Not only does it protect the freedom of the citizens in this country, but also limits the powers of the government. Terrorism in America has caused much controversy concerning acts of congress that have been passed violating the constitution and its amendments. One of the most controversial acts is the Patriot Act. This paper will attempt to explain how the freedom of United States citizens has been limited by the Patriot Act due to the terrorist events that took place on September 11, 2001. When terrorism struck America in its heart, panic overwhelmed the country. On October 26, 2001, only forty-five days after the attack, the Patriot Act was passed. The Patriot Act is an acronym for Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (Sanders). The Patriot Act was ultimately supposed to protect Americans from terrorism by giving the government more power. According to the ACLU, the Act contained many flaws. It gave law enforcement freedom to search homes with only suspicions of terrorism, with no warrant involved. Not only did the government not have a warrant but gave no warning either before nor after the searches. It also gave the government the right to medical and tax records as well as the books bought and borrowed by Americans. The Patriot Act had an intense effect on freedom of speech. Jim Milliot, author of the article “Progress Made on Free Speech Issues”, said, “In the immediate aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, a host of new laws and regulations were passed, such as the Patriot Act, that cast a severe chill over First Amendment protections and the right to free speech.” Milliot asked Judy Platt, the staff director of the Association of American Publishers’ Freedom to Read committee, how she felt about
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