War On Terror and The USA PATRIOT Act, Essay

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Long a polarizing issue, a balance between civil liberties and national security has constantly trailed America’s pursuit of happiness. Civil liberties are defined as rights for each individual person that serve to protect said individuals, by law, from unjust governmental interference, and encompasses all interference that may infringe on given rights. Incidentally, America has sucumb to such infringments within its lifetime, some early in its history, and some with recurring now with vestiges of the more prominent liberty violations which had reigned before. A much more recent example, terrorist attacks offended on September 11 shook our nation and brought with it government reform that many had not seen before. And with these …show more content…
They are the simple guaranteed legal protections from government abuses that all citizens are granted rights to have. In its relatively short history, America has gone through several instances of civil liberty violations, with two prominent examples in the World War II era. A turbulent episode in the lifetime of the United States, acts of injustice surfaced where unfair discrimination against suspected communists and detainment of Japanese citizens proves that America’s pristine image of equal liberty has been cracked and painted over multiple times in its past. During one of the most involved wars in U.S. history, a widespread paranoia moved the government to begin a mass detainment and relocation of people of Japanese descent, even though many were full, legal American citizens. Franklin D. Roosevelt, then President of the United States, authorized Executive Order 9066, which gave the military broad power over banning people within in a general area. Many Americans were scared of Japanese spies, informants, and of course, further terrorist attacks. The government’s involvement only further escalated the general public’s paranoia, homes of the Japanese were vandalized, the people were discriminated against, and suddenly the land of the free may not have felt that way anymore. Furthermore, another “war” was spurred into life, the Cold War. Not being a traditional war, the Cold War was a war of ideology and technology between the

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