Argumentative Essay: The Patriot Act

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After the dramatic and horrible acts committed on September 11, 2001, the world was in shock. The magnitude of the terrorist attacks were nothing to be overlooked. The United States knew they had to find a way to keep the people calm and in a safe place. Forty-five days after the terrorist attacks on the nation, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act, acronym for the “ Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” Act. The acts primitive intentions wants to find and prosecute any terrorist suspect in any corner of the nation. However, the act has brought dreadful and drastic conflicts. The Patriot Act gets in the way and violates essential rights of the people in the Bill of Rights. …show more content…
Although some people say that the new agencies implemented after the 9/11 attacks have facilitate communication and integration between security measures and agencies to reshape the community to a better state, many still are not content with the aftermath. Opponents of the wiretapping and the intelligence team think that the system has been flawed all together. Many think that the money spent for the warrantless wiretapping is absurd. Robert Dreyfuss, journalist, contends that: “Even at the height of the Cold War…there was nothing like the post-911 behemoth in existence. A thousand smart intelligence analysts, a thousand smart FBI and law enforcement officers, and a few hundred Special Operations military folk are all that's needed to deal with the terrorism threat” (Intelligence Gathering). In addition, opponents argue that the liberties of the American citizen are at constant stake due to the internet wiretapping. Julia Angwin, reporter at the Wall Street Journal, contends that the centers of intelligence have become “government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime.… The agency has new authority to keep data about innocent U.S. citizens for up to five years, and to analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior. Previously, both were prohibited” (Intelligence Gathering.) The legislation …show more content…
George W. Bush, president during the terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, had to come forward and find solutions. Terrorism had essentially become the nation’s biggest enemy and terrorism itself was lying right around the corner planning to strike again. The implementation of the PATRIOT Act came with promises to keep the nation safe, but in reality the negatives that came with it outweigh the potential it once had. The act gives immense amount of power to governmental agencies such as the National Security Agency, which manipulates the system and has eyes on all of America. The privacy and civil rights of the people are essentially not present at any point of

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