To fully protect Americans from future terrorist attacks monitoring, the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force, and the Patriot Act have been essential components. Many complain the war on terrorism has invaded their right to privacy. People are worried their phone conversations and internet use are being monitored. The truth is only those suspected of terrorists acts are being closely monitored by the government. The fact is we need military tribunals, detention programs, monitoring of internet and phone activity and attorney-client conversations to protect all Americans from future terrorists attack (Ashcroft).
The wish list allows law enforcement to “obtain people’s personal information and conduct surveillance, and in some cases impose secrecy on their law enforcement activities” (Update: USA Patriot Act, 2007, p. 1). The most controversial provisions of the Patriot act are those that changed the ability of law enforcement to conduct their investigations. Stravelli (2003) Addressing the issue from the law enforcement perspective, the Patriot Act has contributed to the fight against terrorism by allowing government agencies to share information. ... ... middle of paper ... ...tp://www.npr.org/news/specials/patriotact/patriotactdeal.html. Boykoff, J.
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It may be that they have the power to investigate terrorism; the Congress should have the ability to ensure that the FBI does not overreach. The Patriot Act even gave the FBI the power to extract unlimited business records like sensitive files like medical, library and bookstore records, with a secret court order issued with no factual showing of need. The only possible way for all this to get better would be by restricting the FBI from some of their power and only letting them obtain files about people suspected of being terrorist. They should not get the entire database of information of innocent people. It goes back to the government exceeding his limits and not staying within his power because the Patriot Act was passed to reduce terrorist attacks, not to spy on innocent people and end up arresting them for no apparent reason because they are innocent.
To protect privacy, to reduce discomfort would mean more exposure to large security breaches. That’s what we don’t want. The invasion of an individual’s privacy may be embarrassing due to interaction of phone calls and computer users. But the NSA cannot legally use information it has gathered by surveillance to deprive any person of his rights without a justifiable cause. For example, if you a drug dealer or a petty thief and NSA knows about tha... ... middle of paper ... ...nies with the fear that their data could be intercepted.
This demonstrates just how crucial metadata collection is to national security. If this lag time were applied to terrorist situations, the military would not have time to prepare and prevent attacks on American citizens. The issue of government surveillance should never have been an issue. It has only benefited and protected American citizens. It has not violated Americans’ privacy rights and it remains constitutional.
Americans should be aware of their civil liberties and protect them. There should not be a fine line between public safety and an invasion of privacy. NSA programs are illegal and overbroad. Do not let the U.S. constitution be un-followed. Remember wherever you are, “Big Brother is watching you.”
The “War on Terrorism”, does not have a limit of enemies, a location, or a way to end. Many people are ready to sacrifice their personal freedoms in an act of patriotism to help us win the war. These concerns are the greatest potential for danger with this war. In a speech to Congress... ... middle of paper ... ...how the U.S. government got wind of his alleged offer to supply military information to the terrorists. Maybe we as Americans are being robbed of our individual liberties and freedoms by the auspices of national security.
Almost immediately the legislature began drafting an act that would make the war on terror and the fight for homeland security a little easier to fight, this would come to be known as the Patriot Act “PATRIOT” is an acronym for “Uniting and Strengthening America by providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. The Patriot Act allows the government and law enforcement agencies to have certain freedoms that have not been allowed since before the attacks. The most controversial part of the Act is that surveillance guidelines have been relaxed along with investigative guidelines, while no system of checks to safeguard civil liberties are provided (Podesta) Another problem that is somewhat alarming was the quickness and haste with which the act was introduced-less than a week after the attacks. President Bush signed the Act on October 26 with no House, Senate, or conference reports. (Podesta) The Act is an expansion of the Anti Terrorism Act of 2001 (ATA) which was also intended to strengthen America against terrorism.
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