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). Citizens are having their rights revoked with a strong likelihood that those rights will never be returned. After the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, there was an obvious sense of insecurity in the nation and Americans “‘leaned hard to the security side and put certain conc... ... middle of paper ... ...hts that is guaranteed to all people in the Bill of Rights. Interrogation tactics have become so brutal and infringed on civil liberties without a second thought in order to help the CIA’s job of interrogating potential terrorists easier. After the World Trade Center attacks, the government violated citizen’s civil liberties by enacting unnecessary policies, treating civilians incorrectly, and utilizing cruel interrogation tactics.
(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.
With our nation’s tragedy of September 11, 2001, arose a deeply shaken America, shocked by the extent of the cruelty. An act of terrorism of that magnitude had never been seen before in our country. Patriots quickly came together, supporting the president to pass legislation, known as the USA Patriot Act, to tackle internal and external threats to this nation. The debate ensued, focused on which types of surveillance technology should or shouldn't be allowed for arresting terrorists. However, the question remains as to how these devices are going to be used, and how personally are those who use them held accountable.
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“Before Sept. 11, the idea that Americans would voluntarily agree to live their lives under the gaze of a network of biometric surveillance cameras, peering at them in government buildings, shopping malls, subways and stadiums, would have seemed unthinkable, a dystopian fantasy of a society that had surrendered privacy and anonymity”(Jeffrey Rosen). Where were you on September 11, 2001? Do you remember the world before this tragic incident? Throughout history, the United States has adopted forms of legislation with the intention of improving national security. From prohibition, to gun laws, the outcomes of these legislations have not always been good.
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.
Patriot Act "We're dealing with terrorists who operate by highly sophisticated methods and technologies, some of which were not even available when our existing laws were written. The bill before me accounts for the new realities and dangers posed by modern terrorists. It will help law enforcement to identify, dismantle, disrupt, and punish terrorists before they strike," (President George W. Bush at signing of Patriot Act, 2001). The terrorists of today cannot be reasoned with. We must do whatever necessary to ensure that there never will be another September 11th.
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