America Needs The Patriot Act

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To a vast majority of Americans, there exists the belief that the Patriot Act violates their right to privacy, and does little to ensure national security. However, this was not the intention of the Bush Administration, who passed this law. One week after September 11, 2001, the Patriot Act, a law that was meant to strengthen national security, was signed by the Bush Administration to ensure that no terrorist attack would ever harm the lives of more Americans. The Patriot Act gave federal law enforcement agencies what they needed to mount an effective and coordinated plan to stop United States Terrorism. The officials were given the right to carry out surveillance over the internet, phone conversations, and public records. Therefore, this Act has helped the U.S. during times of national crisis and strengthened the government as a whole. However, it has also accounted for strong criticism from many people on the basis that it inhibits national security. While this may be true, the Patriot Act also makes the national government stronger by ensuring the well-being of its citizens. Therefore, intelligence officials should continue to carry out this act and do whatever is necessary in order to figure out the intentions of people who wish to harm this country, because if they don't then another terrorist attack will likely occur.

One way in which the Patriot Act is beneficial to the national government is that it allows federal officials to follow terrorists who are trained to "cover their tracks", and who know what is necessary to not get caught. This is done in a way that ensures that the national government can figure out their intentions so that they do not harm this country. The most common methods of doing this are wire-tappin...

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...ns. In turn, the Unites States would have a peaceful relationship with middle eastern nations, and also more allies for the future.

To a vast majority of American citizens, the Patriot Act does little to nothing to ensure national security and merely violates the right to privacy of citizens. In addition to this, people believe that the Patriot Act also violates the fourth amendment, of the United States Constitution, because it allows federal officials to inspect other people without a warrant or probable cause: "In Mayfield v. U.S., a federal district judge ruled that the two provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act violate the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution because they allow surveillance without probable cause. This decision shows that six year after the Patriot Act passed, privacy concerns still exist regarding its use and scope"(Games 1).

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