The Security Agencies And The Patriot Act Essay

1530 Words Dec 14th, 2015 7 Pages
ISIS Every day that the sun rises America faces a new threat. The enemy is both inside and outside of our nation. This new and latest enemy is called ISIS. ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. They are a Wahhabi/Salafi jihadist Islamic extremist militant group who were formed in 1999. Their main goal is to establish a new Islamic caliphate across the Middle East. A caliphate is the idea of an enormous Islamic state that encompasses all Muslims worldwide. Up until December 2, 2015, many Americans didn’t believe the threat was real. Sadly, we learned just how real the threat from ISIS can be. The government agencies that are tasked with protecting Americans from terrorist threat, such as the FBI, the NSA and the Office of Homeland Security, are empowered by the Patriot Act. However, in recent years, both the security agencies and the Patriot Act have been weakened and compromised. Now it is very clear in the world in which we live today, Americans are vulnerable and ISIS is positioning themselves to take advantage of any weaknesses we may have.
ISIS began in the mind of a Jordanian named Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He set up a training camp for terrorist, and was looking to create his own terrorist organization. After the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, he set up the forerunner for today’s Islamic State. In 2004, a year after the invasion of Iraq, Zarqawi pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden and formed al-Qaeda in Iraq,also known as AQI. Two years after creating…

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