U.S. Patriot Act: Good Or Bad? Essay

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The USA Patriot Act or just known as the Patriot Act, is an Act of the U.S. Congress that was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001 shortly after the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th. The acts title stands for, Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act. The act significantly reduced restrictions to all law enforcement agencies abilities to search telephone, e-mails, medical, financial and other records with ease. It also eased restrictions on foreign intelligence gathering in the United States, expanded the Secretary of the Treasury’s authority to regulate financial transactions, particularly ones involving foreign individuals and entities and it broadened the discretion of law enforcement and immigration authorities in detaining and deporting immigrants suspected of terrorist activities. It also expanded the definition of terrorism and domestic terrorism, therefore making the number of activities that the USA Patriot Act’s expanded law enforcement powers can affect increase. So what does all this mean??? It means that the government can now tap your phone lines with ease; all it takes is one wrong key word related to terrorism and Electronic Frontier Foundation will tap your phone lines and turn it over to the FBI. The Electronic Privacy Information Center has criticized the law heavily as unconstitutional as it interferes with our basic rights as United States citizens, while the Electronic Frontier Foundation taps your phones and “gives the FBI a blank check to violate the communications of countless innocent American citizens. But it doesn’t stop there, the Act also allows access to your voicemail through a warrant or wiretap, it also allows them to see your emails, personal finances, bank accounts, education records, work records and

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