The United States Patriot Act Essay

1295 Words Dec 17th, 2014 6 Pages
The United States Patriot Act was an act passed by the United States Congress subsequent to the attacks by foreign nations that took place on September 11th, 2001. The U.S. Patriot Act allowed for government officials to use a more strengthened, intense approach when it came to avoiding any terrorist attacks. The approaches taken can range from unwarranted searches, confiscation of belongings from suspected threats, and even to wiretapping done by the National Security Agency. The U.S Patriot Act has caused conflict within the United States since it was first introduced in 2001. This act takes extreme measures towards protecting citizens, but in doing that violates several rights given in the Bill of Rights. The U.S. Patriot Act, while it does help to protect the United States from terrorist attacks, is completely unconstitutional. This has been proven in several court cases (Wiretap Report 2013), and is evident to many citizens. However, some of people argue that this act, as well as the things that go along with it, such as wiretapping, are good for the country because they protect the country and technically, aren’t harming anyone.
Wiretapping, or using a device to secretly listen to a private phone conversation, is just one of the things that the United States does under this act that should be stopped. A common belief is that the government is authorized to do this, and in some less extreme cases, that could be true. But overall, it is clear that wiretapping violates…

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