The U.S. Patriot Act and the Risk of Losing Our Civil Liberties
Terrorism has drastically affected our recent way of life. It has disrupted our way of life by just the thought of at any moment we could be hit again. We as a people to counter act this threat we turned to laws and policies that would change our thoughts on civil liberties forever. Becoming and staying a free society is a very difficult balance in which we must maintain or security by not limiting our freedoms. Liberty in America rests on our complex constitutional system of checks and balances. But sadly this very fabric of liberty and freedom was shattered on the morning of September 11, 2001.
This act of terror changed everything because it was the very first global …show more content…
This act alone affected a multitude of other acts in which was created to protect our civil liberties. It was said at the time that the majority of our law makers did not even know what was in the bill. So it wasn’t surprising that such a bill with so many defects would pass congress, especially with the majority of the nation attitudes of any means necessary to return the favor to the terrorists who attacked the United States mainland.
The reasons the USA Patriot Act would receive so much blow back after the people finally realized what the law really does, is due to its effect on other already long standing laws that protect people from its government all seeing eye and protect the countries interests at the same time.
The first law that was impacted by its passage was the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA). It was brought forward to the U. S. Congress by Ted Kennedy and nine other senators. The act was made to offer Judicial and congressional governance over the government's secret surveillance actions