The Patriot Act Essay

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The Patriot Act The USA Patriot Act, an acronym for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism, was passed by Congress as a response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Act allows federal officials greater authority in tracking and intercepting communications, both for the purposes of law enforcement and foreign intelligence gathering. Sounds great doesn’t it? This Act is helping to keep our country and us, as Americans, safe, isn’t it? Is it keeping us safe when the measures taken to prevent another terrorist attack undermine and violate the very principles and foundations our beloved country has been built on? Is it keeping us safe when our constitutional rights, rights deemed inalienable in the sight of God, have been overridden and dismissed? I submit that it is not. The September 11, 2001 attack on America was an inarguably tragic event. And the panic that followed was understandable. People were scared and they wanted the government to do something to make sure this couldn’t happen again. Thus the Patriot Act was quickly and with very little debate or congress review only 43 days after that haunting day in September. The problem in doing this was that parts of this Act that under normal circumstances would have never gotten through, did. Many of these things would probably have been deemed unconstitutional because in fact, they were. Of course we must consider much loved President Franklin D Roosevelt, who was perhaps the most successful president America has ever had. He took office in the depths of The Great Depression and promptly called Congress to action. His first “Hundred Days” were marked by the passage of fifteen major laws which he called The New Deal. These created various corporations that hired more than 3 million men to work various projects, used

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