Patriot Act Argumentative Analysis

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There are many disputes debating on whether the Patriot Act should be legal or not. The Patriot Act’s purpose is to “[make] it easier for the government to obtain the orders and allowed for greater coordination among intelligence agencies and law enforcement”(Philadelphia, par 14). But at what point is obtaining information from the American citizens too far? The issue for this debate is does the Patriot Act violate the people's rights. This debate has been going on since 2001 as some view the Patriot Act as unconstitutional while others believe it’s protecting the safety of the people. Critics believe the Patriot Act “implicates constitutional concerns under the First and Fourth Amendments, raises serious threats to privacy and civil liberties …show more content…
6). Many American citizens aren’t confident in this stance since they believe by the NSA snooping into their information and possibly breaking “the first and fourth amendment” (qtd. in Privacy, par 5.) but the Patriot act is not limiting their freedom. However, a survey in 2014 shows that a “majority of Republicans and independents disapproved of the NSA’s collection of phone and internet data” (Philidelphia par. 24). What they don’t know is that “It works” (qtd in Christie, par 26) and how it helped the people in not just the Fort Dix case but also in the British national Hamant Lakhani case. By these two cases it proves that the Patriot Act is indeed improving the safety of American citizens. It has protected the United States from possible further terrorist …show more content…
By using someone's liberty or freedom it shows that people are willing to argue on something that may or may not take away that right from them. Critics of the Patriot Act believe it is unconstitutional because it gives the NSA the ability to look through people’s information without permission or reasoning. However, the advocates of the Patriot Act state how it is constitutional because it does give the NSA ability to look at people’s information, but they don’t listen to phone calls or do any unlawful acts like how critics may believe. Whether or not the Patriot is legal or not, it’s not an easy answer to keep the Patriot Act. At what point is searching through people’s information enough? Or should the NSA have more rights looking into people’s whereabouts to provide safety of the United States. The reason why this act is causing so much conflict is because in some opinions it’s violating the first and fourth amendment of the constitution, but in others opinions it’s providing us safety and isn’t violating the constitution. The reason why they may never be able to have a compromise is because they may never be able to choose between what matters most, freedom or safety, and that is why this issue is extremely

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