Unjust Law Essay

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Imagine a society where the rights of individuals are not protected. A law enforcement agency can search a person’s telephone, e-mail communications, medical, financial, and other records. If they suspect any terrorism-related acts, they can detain anyone indefinitely. This is Patriot Act. Even though advocates claim that the Patriot Act helps to protect the national security, the Patriot Act is unjust. In the writing “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr., he discusses the just laws and unjust laws. “Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust” (par. 14). In other words, a just law makes human being to feel important and confident. An unjust law gives a false sense of who they really are. Likewise, the Patriot Act gives a false implication that if anyone looks suspicious, they become the target of so-called anti-terrorism. The problems caused by the Patriot Act are affecting ordinary civilian, especially legal immigrants. This law authorizes of indefinite detentions of immigrants; law enforcement officers search a home or business without the owner’s or the occupant’s permission or knowledge; allows the FBI to search telephone, e-mail, and financial records without a court order. Most of the Act only affects to the immigrants. Martin Luther King Jr. writes, “An unjust law is a code that a majority inflicts on a minority that is not binding on itself” (par. 15). In other words, the Patriot Act does not apply to majority of the American people. They may be inconvenient by the fact that they need to go through the airport security check point. Nevertheless, they are not the target of this Act. Everyone wants to live in a society where individual rights are protected and everyone can live peacefully. Reasonable people agree that the Patriot Act is not the solution to terrorism. The
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