There have been many actions taken by the government since September 11th to assure the American people that things are back to normal and to make us feel safe again. The federal government has approved secret military tribunals for accused terrorists. The Patriot Act has given law enforcement unprecedented powers to tap phones,
increase wiretaps, and read emails. Federal and states lawmakers are proposing many laws limiting access to public record. Airport security will face many changes in the coming years and the government will use new technologies, such as biometrics, for identification. These actions taken by the government has raised many concerns dealing with them abridging our civil liberties. Many foreigners, especially people of Middle Eastern decent have faced a lot of criticism from the American public and the government. Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered the detention of more than 1,000 foreigners suspected of posing a security threat or believed to have information about the hijackers. Information about the detainees has been kept from the public. Many of the
detainees have had little or no access to lawyers and family. According to the Justice Department, 327 people remain in detention for immigration violations, such as overstaying a visa. One hundred and fourteen are behind bars on criminal changes, mostly minor and none directly related to the terrorist attacks. An undisclosed number are being held as material witnesses, meaning the government suspects they know something about the hijackers.
For example, Omar Mohamed, a third year engineer student at a university in Cairo, came to American for six months because he wanted to take a break from his studies...
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