Terrorism Patriot Act Essay

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During times of war, it is understandable that the Government will be more apt to protect its people. In the United States, terrorism has become a major concern. This has come to light more recently after the 9/11 attack in 2004. Americans have been told that terrorism is their biggest enemy. Though in the attempts to obtain security, the people of the United States are giving up their freedoms and others are having those same freedoms taken away from them. The pursuit of stopping terrorism has taken precedence over an individuals civil rights. Surveillance has increased in attempts to catch terrorists. Under the USA Patriot Act which is the "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism," police agencies are given the authority to conduct Internet and expanded telephone surveillance, as well as loosen the restrictions placed on the C.I.A in the 1970's to engage in domestic surveillance. The Patriot act presents a broadened definition of terrorism, and provides some level of detention of suspected terrorists as…show more content…
For instance those suspected have been detained for extended periods of time as part of the September 11 attacks investigation as well as other terrorist activities. Despite the insisting of the Department of Justice that detainees have gone through procedural protections and are aware of why they are being held by the government, it has been claimed that at least some are being detained without knowledge of the charges against them. The courts are unaccessible to them and they are without legal access to legal counsel and if they are given access to a lawyer, it is without attorney-client privacy. Individuals that were not held for minor immigration violations end up being charged with insignificant criminal
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