The Seven Characteristics Of The Patriot Act And Homeland Security

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Within the concept of homeland security, there are desirable characteristics each strategy must include. Not all these characteristics apply to every single strategy, but are used to implement strategies to provide homeland security. Even though some may consider the USA PATRIOT Act, as civil liberty violations, it set the baseline for the implementation of the USA Freedom Act. Additionally, if one decides to participate in any activities that are a direct or indirect threat to the homeland security of the United States, then your civil liberties should be taken away. Every means needed to stop said direct or indirect threat should be implemented, regardless if the person is a citizen or not.

There are seven characteristics in which every strategy is required to implement one or more of (Yin, 2004). Ideally, the aim is for a national strategy to make an attempt to implement all seven characteristics. Purpose, scope and methodology is a characteristic which give the why, the coverage of the strategy, and how the strategy was conceived.
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The Act had four main areas in which the act implemented. Not all areas of the act were considered violation of civil liberties. But there was one which drew the main criticism of civil liberties. It was the first area of the act and the first area allowed investigators to use the tools that were already available to investigate organized crimes and drug trafficking (Justice, n.d.). Electronic surveillance, and wire taps were afforded to federal investigators. Federal investigators were allowed to track and trace cell phones at will. Federal investigators were afforded the tool to not to be required to notify suspects of investigations. Finally, federal investigators were permitted to afforded the opportunity to obtain business records in their federal investigations. This was the main area which influenced the USA Freedom

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