The Patriot Act
The patriot act: “THE UNITING AND STRENGHENING OF AMERICA BY PROVIDING APPROPRIATE TOOLS REQUIRED TO INTERCEPT AND OBSTRCT TERRORISM.” What do you think of when you hear this phrase? This is the phrase used to introduce what we call the patriot act. Pretty much the patriot act allows government officials to search your house which is called a “sneak and peak” without you being aware of it, or even the tracking of your car, or maybe even listening to your phone calls.
September 11, 2001 sparked many different feelings into the hearts of Americans. People sprang into action to seek revenge and protect America’s precious soils from another deadly attack by reinforcing America’s strength through her government. The men and women of Congress retaliated to the terrorist attacks by drafting and passing the USA PATRIOT Act on October 26, 2001, which stands for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.” The bill was moved through Congress with amazing speed and little hesitation. After the passing, the unsuspecting citizens of America were bombarded with many new rules and regulations that have greatly become a threat to the civil liberties, and the First Amendment itself. The people of America have planned out different ways to comply and/or soften the PATRIOT Act. The American Library Association, Senator Feingold, Firstlogic Financial Advisors, and the House of Representatives have taken steps to aid America in retrieving her freedom. Obviously, some of these sources are really passionate about totally wiping out the sections that deal with them, while others are just trying to soften the sections that pertain to them.
The USA Patriot Act was signed into law on October 26th, 2001 as a result of the
“Before 9/11, there were very few layers of aviation security…” (Pistole, 2011). These are words that the aviation community have experienced firsthand. Aviation security is in a constant state of change simply because of people who are out to bring terror. Regardless if it is because of a religious or personal agenda there has been someone who has attacked an airline that has caused a security change in the aviation industry.
The Patriot Act
The Patriot Act is a bill that was passed in the wake of 9/11/01. Not even two months after the horrific event which we all know as 911, the bill was passed with great haste and secrecy. The bill was passed on October 26, 2001. The bill was passed to raise the security of the country. Sadly many speculate that most of the members in congress did not even read the 342 page bill.
The National Security Act of 1947 is to promote security for Secretary of Defense, National of Military Establishment, Department of Army, Navy, Air Force, and agencies of the Government. There are three purposes of why the National Security Act of 1947 became a law. It was made to control and utilize the nation’s growing military, established the National Security Council (NSC), and set up the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). This act was signed by President Harry S. Truman. The act took place on September 18, 1947, which is the same day that James Forrestal took the job as a being the first Secretary of Defense. The National Security Act became a law on July 26, 1947.
Domestic terrorism in the United States can be dated back to 1865 with the organization of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in the South following the Civil War, when white supremacist used violence to intimidate and harm African Americans and supporters of the freed slaves. The organization was labeled a terrorist organization and outlawed in 1871, however small groups still exist today. (Zalman, 2011) The 1920’s saw a short spike in domestic terrorist attacks from Anarchist and the KKK. However, few incidents of domestic terrorism existed until the 1960’s when groups such as the Black Panthers and the Weathermen (aka The Weather Underground) formed, and the attacks have continued to grow over the years with incidents such as bombings of federal and other government buildings, military bases, Olympic stadiums, corporation facilities, and doctor’s offices. The FBI defines domestic terror as “the unlawful use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or Puerto Rico without foreign direction committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives”. (FBI, 2005)
Domestic Terrorism in the United States has been prevalent throughout this country’s existence. The term Domestic Terrorism is defined as “…the unlawful use of force or violence, com...
How security has changed since 9/11
On September 11th, 2001, four planes were hijacked, two planes hit the twin towers, one hit the pentagon, and one crash-landed in a field in Pennsylvania. Since then the government has been doing everything it can to help with security at airports, in airplanes, and in everyday life. Even though the government has been trying to increase security, terrorists have still been successful. Since 9/11, the government has taken many steps to increase security and decrease terrorism. However, security has increased, while terrorism has not decreased.
The U.S.A. Patriot Act was passed on October 26, 2001, with almost no opposition from Congress. (Senate 98-1, House of Representatives 357-66.)(Life & Liberty) The country was still shaken by the event of September the 11th. In fact while the bill was in deliberation, there was almost no opposition of any kind from special interest groups or organizations nationwide. Once the bill was enacted, two distinct sides were formed, one side confident that any loss of privacy was worth ensuring our safety and protecting our free democracy, and the other side questioning whether the assurance of safety was worth trading away our personal freedoms and right to privacy piece by piece.