The Patriot Act is Detrimental to the Rights of American Citizens

analytical Essay
2329 words
2329 words

Over two hundred years ago, the founding fathers of this great nation signed their names to the Declaration of Independence, sending a message to Great Britain that they were tired of being subservient to a monarch who had no respect for his people. These extraordinary men understood the concept of liberty and embraced it with great passion. They were all too familiar with the consequences of a government with excess power. In order to prevent America from returning to the ways of Great Britain, they crafted one of the greatest documents ever written, the Constitution of the United States of America. Contained in the Constitution is the Bill of Rights which details the rights the citizens of the United States of America are guaranteed. Unfortunately, during the past two hundred years, politicians seem to have lost focus on the principle of personal liberty. One of the most recent examples of this came with the passage of Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001. The USA PATRIOT Act is a crucial attack to the rights of American citizens and a disgrace to the men who fought for their freedoms in the Revolutionary War. There is no doubt that the days following September 11, 2001 were some of the most terrifying in the nation’s history. The country had been attacked, new reports of anthrax on letters were surfacing daily and many feared another attack was just around the corner (“Surveillance”). Senator Russ Feingold, the sole opponent to the USA PATRIOT Act in the Senate, described the weeks following September 11 in his book, While America Sleeps (Hulse). He wrote that “The combination of constant security fears with the weightiness... ... middle of paper ... ...atriot Act Violates Civil Liberties Are Unfounded.” The Patriot Act. Louise I. Gerdes. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2005. 93-94. Print. “Seeking Truth From Justice.” American Civil Liberties Union. July 2003. Web. 23 February 2012. “Surveillance Under the USA PATRIOT Act.” American Civil Liberties Union. 10 December 2010. Web. 22 February 2012. “The Constitution of the United States,” Amendment 1. “The Constitution of the United States,” Amendment 4. “The Constitution of the United States,” Amendment 5. “UNITING AND STRENGTHENING AMERICA BY PROVIDING APPROPRIATE TOOLS REQUIRED TO INTERCEPT AND OBSTRUCT TERRORISM (USA PATRIOT ACT) ACT OF 2001.” PUB. L. 107-56. 115 STAT. 272. 26 October 2001. Web. Webster, Michael. “Patriot Act Unconstitutional.” Renew America. 19 April 2009. Web. 21 February 2012.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the founding fathers of the united states of america signed their names to the declaration of independence to show that they were tired of being subservient to a monarch who had no respect for their people.
  • Explains that the days following september 11, 2001 were some of the most terrifying in the nation's history. the bush administration bullied congress into passing the usa patriot act of 2001.
  • Argues that the idea that forty-five days was long enough to analyze the bill itself and the reasons behind the success of the terrorist attacks on september 11 is problematic.
  • Explains that section 215 of the usa patriot act violates the first amendment by stating that an investigation cannot be conducted of a united states person solely on the basis of activities protected by the first amendment.
  • Explains that the usa patriot act threatens the fourth amendment. probable cause is a crucial part of this amendment. the foreign intelligence surveillance act expanded this narrow exception.
  • Explains the difference between the two types of surveillance used with wiretaps: the first permits access to the content of a communication, and the second limits the search to transactional information.
  • Explains how the government has confused the two types of surveillance. the aclu argues that a list of website addresses is still transactional data.
  • Explains that web addresses are rich and revealing content. the urls or "addresses" of web pages are not addresses, but titles of documents that we download from the internet.
  • Explains that the usa patriot act violates the fifth amendment of the constitution. it is crucial that prior notice is kept a priority when searches are conducted.
  • Explains that the government forces ities to operate inthe open, and allows the subject of searches to protect their fourth amendment rights.
  • Explains that the usa patriot act was passed to "provide appropriate tools required to intercept and obstruct terrorism," but the new "sneak and peak" searches are available for use in normal criminal investigations.
  • Analyzes how the aclu blasted the justice department in "seeking truth from justice" for denying the true nature of their creation.
  • Explains that one u.s. district judge ann aiken has declared the foreign intelligence surveillance act unconstitutional.
  • Analyzes how the usa patriot act undermines american citizens' civil liberties and attempts to destroy the foundation of america.
  • Explains that judge rules part of patriot act unconstitutional.
  • States dash, samuel, and hulse, carl, in freedom from unfair searches and seizures: the patriot act threatens fourth amendment rights.
  • Describes the provisions of the american civil liberties union's "surveillance under the usa patriot act."
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