The Lline Between Freedom and Protection Essay

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The attacks of September 11, 2001 have left an indelible mark on America. Our nation changed that tragic day. In the aftermath, we were left with trying to find the delicate balance of protecting our country and upholding the rights of our citizens as outlined in the first ten amendments of the Constitution of the United States of America. The events of 9/11 have had a profound effect on how our government ‘protects’ our citizens. The terrorist attacks in America on 9/11 should not compromise or eliminate the legal rights of the people, or the core values and founding principles upon which our country was built. Since the event of 9/11, the U.S. government has slowly tried to take control of the rights our citizens have. One of these rights is the right to privacy. The USA Patriot Act violates the rights of citizens by allowing the government to invade their privacy under the guise of protecting them. When will enough be enough? We have just about as much privacy as a fish in a glass fishbowl. A recent ACLU report (2012), areas of dissention were uncovered. Some of these included the use of wire-tapping, surveillance, and the detention of citizens and non-citizens. Unwarranted search and seizure and even more recently our right to bear arms has come up for review, as has the tracking of personal transactions such as banking, travel and internet traffic surveillance. Pretty soon we will have numbers tattooed on our arms or implanted devices so that the government can track us. Nobody has the right to delve into the personal affairs of our citizens without going through the appropriate channels and having just cause to do so. These are our unalienable rights, however, thanks to the Bush administration, we have lost more rights than ever before in our history without being apprised of it. President Bush must have thought we were a bunch of political idiots. Thinking

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