The War on Terrorism Has Not Compromised Civil Liberties In the wake of 9/11, the United States of America began to fight a war on terrorism. Many in this country would say we actually started a war against ourselves. One argument is the war on terrorism has begun to erode our civil liberties. Have our civil liberties really been abused or have they been slightly altered by the Patriot Act to protect all Americans best interests? To fully protect Americans from future terrorist attacks monitoring, the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force, and the Patriot Act have been essential components.
Despite the victim’s criminal status, basic rights the law guarantees such people are being defiled. The government has taken action in an attempt to improve national security, but many of those actions do not correspond with civil liberties citizens are insured. After September 11th, the government violated citizen’s civil liberties by enacting unnecessary policies, treating civilians incorrectly, and utilizing cruel interrogation tactics. After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, the United States government infringed upon civil liberties by enacting unnecessary policies. New measures that have little to no effect on terrorism and national security are emerging and they question our society’s freedom as they will unquestionably persist past the post-9/11 terrorism crisis (Higgs 66).
The United States needs to be concerned about terrorism to prevent tragedies like 9/11 from happening again, to address problems with domestic terrorism, and to improve homeland security. To prevent tragedies like 9/11 from taking its toll on the United States, terrorism needs to be thought about still to this day. One quote that proves this point is, “ In 2001, the federal commission warned that terrorists could get weapons that can cause mass destruction. Congress needs to work on the integrated governmental structures to better the nation's security” (Augustine). The nation's security can help with the destruction of weapons that are dangerous to the U.S.
Many questions were brought to the attention of the public eye, such as why the September 11 attacks weren’t diffused prior to the deaths of innocent Americans. Questions of this nature became centered around Al-Qaeda’s insurgence living in and abroad the United State, as the main culprit in the 9/11 attacks. These attacks on U.S. soil revealed a direct correlation to the failure to report issues, and the U.S. unwillingness to address problems before they escalated. This tragic event brought up many pubic, political, and international concerns to strengthen security in and around our nation in order to prevent future terror groups from causing death and destruction once again. The main emphasis was to “wage war on terror”, a slogan George Bush Jr. incorporated in his quest to eliminate terrorism all across the world.
(Podesta) The Act is an expansion of the Anti Terrorism Act of 2001 (ATA) which was also intended to strengthen America against terrorism. Both acts expand the ability of law enforcement and an intelligence agency, the only difference is that the ATA contained safeguards against violations of constitutional rights. One of the safeguards was known as the “sunset provision”, which stated that certain sections of the Act expired after a period of time if it was not renewed by congress. Due to the fear and pandemonium our country was suffering the implementation of the Patriot Act commenced without any sort of judicial oversight. This has caused people to be discontent with the violation of their constitutional civil liberties.
The 9/11 attack changed America in ways that made limits on our freedom and privacy seem better than the alternative. On September 11, 2001, “...our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist attacks,” President George W. Bush stated in a public address shortly after the attacks. He also stated, “Today, our nation saw evil – the very worst of human nature – and we responded with the very best of America,” to calm fears ... ... middle of paper ... ...y For Security.” Business Insider. 8 Jul. 2013.
Supporters of the USA PATRIOT Act argue that the bill has been vital in arresting suspected terrorists, and it has helped deter future terrorist attacks. The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism ACT of 2001, was signed into law on October 26, 2001, shortly after the September 11th attacks. The act was passed in a direct response to the attacks, as a way for Law Enforcement to combat and deter terrorism. Schmalleger (2003) on page 8 summarizes the USA PATRIOT ACT. ?A federal law (Public Law 107-56) enacted in response to terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon occurring on September 11, 2001.
National Identification Card Abstract After the September 11th attack on America, our nation was running from being brave to becoming part of a panic society. Therefore our government has brought up the issue of having a National Identification System that has a National ID Card. So they can detect who’s legal and who’s not, and hopefully can prevent future terrorist attacks on America. Sounds like a good idea, but behind the curtain there exist another story even more dreadful than the attack. When the issue was brought up people around the nation’s people have split into many sections.
It let them know that if a terrorist was within our borders again, much like the terrorists of 9/11, the government would have a higher chance of catching him, making the chan... ... middle of paper ... ... the government to monitor the Internet is not without flaws. It is still a violation of privacy, but it is one that many were willing to give up in those days following the 9/11 attacks. When America was at her most vulnerable, laws were established in the hopes of never having it happen again. Looking at the Patriot Act as unconstitutional is both right and wrong. The biggest problem with the Patriot Act is that it is not a black and white matter.