September 11th 2001 was not only the day when the delicate facade of American security was shattered, but it was also the events of this day that led to the violation of the rights of millions of American citizens. After relentless reprehension by the American masses on the approach that was taken after the 9/11 attacks ,the Bush administration enacted the Patriot Act on October 26th, 2001, a mere 56 days after this tragic event.The Patriot Act expanded the authority of U.S. law enforcement agencies so that they could hopefully avert future terrorist attacks. Under the Patriot Act The NSA (National Security Agency) could entrench upon the privacy of the citizens of the U.S. without public knowledge, consent or, probable cause. The particular incident which had the general public up at arms was when the NSA illicit surveillance came to public knowledge.
Carr says, “The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.” When the author says this, the reader can tell how he feels and he is not pleased about the issue. Carr also explains how every time he reads, it seems he is constantly having to drag his brain back to the text all the time, because he cannot stay fixated on the internet, due to so many distractions. Then, Carr moves into using logical appeals to prove that the argument is true, and there have been studies to prove that the internet can be a corrupt way of researching and reading, because people bounce around from site to site too much, and this has become a big concern over the years. At the beginning, Carr lays the foundation of the argument by explaining how some people have recently been experiencing a weird modification in their thought process and how their minds are changing and dragging down and he is wondering why this is happening. He continues by explaining that he knows the problem and goes on to explain that this has been happening since the internet has become better-quality, and it has slowly over time pulled us away from
...mines the Fourth Amendment to our Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. There was obviously some concern about this by Congress, which is the reason that the Patriot Act was sunset at five years. One day after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center President Bush vowed, ?We will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms.? Unfortunately, by becoming an aggressive advocate of the Patriot Act, the President is doing just that. During Bush?s State of the Union speech, he emphasized that a key role of our government was to protect us from foreign terrorists. However, if the Bush Administration continues to advocate such measures as the Patriot Act, then an important question is raised: Who will protect us from our own government?
September 11, 2001 was marked a dark day in US history. The destruction of the twin towers was not a crime against the USA but against humanity itself. It showed Americans the reality of terrorism and showed just how vulnerable we are. The Patriot Act was enacted on October 26, 2001 to protect Americans from terrorism. But at what cost? The cost of our American freedom granted to us by the US Constitution. The issue is people’s rights versus people’s freedoms. Are you willing to give up one for the other? There has to be a balance; like a sea-saw. The Patriot Act has violated the rights given to us by the US Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights. In this paper I am going to discuss how The First, Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments have been violated.
Several weeks after the horrible terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act was rushed through Congress by Attorney General, John Ashcroft. This particular Act, however, was established with a ruling hand of fear. Life for Americans changed dramatically in those immediate days, weeks, and months after the attack. America had been spoiled with luxury for so long, that the illusion of control had ingrained itself into our very nature as Americans. That act of terror, on September 11, 2001, brought that belief crashing down, almost immediately. Fear and anger were rampant though out America; a dangerous combination when it comes to charging out a Congressional bill. The scariest parts of The USA PATRIOT ACT, in my opinion, are not just the arguably unconstitutional sections proposed in the Act, but the timing and expedition of legislation. To propose a bill that remained indifferent in regards to sacrificing civil liberties for the sake of enhanced security. The Bill was voted in with near unanimity, 98-1 in the Senate and 357-66 in the House of Representatives near after. Considering the margins of the votes, it makes one wonder if anyone in Congress even bothered to read the bill. Perhaps a good portion of our legislators were fearful to look unpatriotic, by objecting a radical bill dubbed The USA PATRIOT Act. As an old phrase goes, the nail that stands-out, gets hammered. The congressional legislative process is supposed to be deliberately slow; ensuring that what is proposed is in fact constitutional. One of the more serious issues with the USA PATRIOT Act, is the ambiguity of crucia...
After the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre by the Islamic radical group al-Qaeda and the 2001 Anthrax attacks on two senators and several news media offices, congress rushed to pass the USA Patriot Act, which roughly is an Act to deter and punish acts of terrorism in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes. After these unrelated terrorist attacks happened within weeks of each other congress knew reform legislature was needed. Many Historians such as Brett Rubio believe that the USA Patriot Act infringed upon American’s civil liberties while the U.S. Government more specifically the Justice Department believed it was necessary course of action to prevent future acts of terrorism. The Patriot Act was put in place in order to allow the Department of Justice to foil terrorist attacks following September 11th and anthrax attack, but the act is at the expense of American’s civil liberties such as invasion of privacy and racial profiling Arab and Muslim people.
“The USA Patriot Act: Preserving Life and Liberty.” Department Of Justice. 2011. Web. 16 May 2011.
Since September 11, 2001 many people can say that America has changed. Many people question if America has changed for the better or has it just gotten worse. Since the day those four planes crashed around the United States people’s lives have been changed. Many may not realize how their lives have changed, but with new laws passed life is different within America. The United States Patriot Act is one of the laws passed after 9/11: singed into order on October 26, 2001 just 45 days after the attack. The United States Patriot Act was put in place in order to protect Americans, yet has been affecting American’s civil liberties and caused controversy all over the United States.
In Nicholas Carr’s article ‘Is Google Making Us Stupid?’, the author speaks about one of the biggest influences on our society in the present day. Technology controls everything we do, from educational purposes to online shopping, and now even grocery shopping, technology has advanced us into a whole new world. Internet has become the primary source of information for people. Carr’s main focus in the article is of the more negative effects of technology and how it affects us. He shares his problem with his lack of focus when reading now, he believes constant online influence affects our abilities to read books and other long pieces.
The author talks about how after starting to use the internet, “immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article use to be easy. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.” ( Nicholas Carr 150) Asking his friends and acquaintances if they were having similar problems when it comes to reading and not being able to focus only proved his theory. Nicholas Carr describes how he asked many of his friends and acquaintances if they were having similar problems when its comes to reading and not being able to concentrate. Scott Karp, a blogger that Nicholas Carr personally follows had
In these states the three-strike laws are very affective. They take the pressure off the society to reform these persons that are affected by the three-strike models. These societies feel as though since these persons want to keep being convicted of the same felonies two or more times then they should be punishment because they don’t want to do better for themselves (Beres & Griffith, 1998). These three-strike models affect the inmates in a negative way. For example, in the state of California the law was passed and imposed a life sentence to just about any crime. More than half of the inmates are incarcerated on some nonviolent
In 2004, “The Effect of Three- Strikes Legislation on Serious Crime in California” study showed the lack-lustering effect of the Three-Strikes Law. The study displayed that the Three- Strikes Law didn’t have a positive impact on reducing crime. Instead, the policy just increased the incarceration
According to Dickey and Hollenhorst (1999), “23 states and the federal government adopted some form of “three strikes and you’re out” law intending to target repeat violent offenders (p.1). The law varies among states, but the intent i...