National Security Letter

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  • USA Patriot Act

    upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”(“Bill of Rights”). Another way the FBI can get gain the records is by using a National Security letter, which allows the FBI to request records without a court order (“USA PATRIOT Act, Section 215”). By skipping over the court a step of the checks and balances is eliminated, and the warrant is not checked to see if there is actually is a probable cause. Once the warrant is gained, or the National Security letter sent, the government has access to the personal records of an American citizen. The warrants are not the only issue regarding infringement of American citizen’s constitutional rights though, another issue is that the records that are able to be gained are considered private and are protected by the fourth amendment. The fourth amendment which protects “ the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,” is violated by the government now having access to your private records (“Bill of Rights”). One of the things that the government has access to is the bank records of the person they have a warrant or National Security Letter for. Within your bank records they can see what you have purchased, when you made a transaction, what kind of transaction you made, how much you made the transaction for, and more. They also require the banks to inform the…

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  • The Patriot Act: The Purpose Of The Patriot Act

    Under the act, law enforcement seeks to become sort of preventative measure. It’s no longer acting retrospectively. By changing law from being retroactive to more proactive approach, government is no longer looking for criminals after the fact, but are now engaged in some sort of guessing game based upon predictions about what they individuals might do, and not what they have done. And according to Law Professor David Cole, many innocents will suffer without any gain in security, while…

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  • Argument Against Censorship

    gaining power and control over what others believe and think (6). Parents challenge literary works because the teaching contained in the books are against their belief. On the other hand, governments hold back information from their citizens under the disguise of protecting national interest. This in turn adds more power and control over their citizens’. For example, in the U.S., according to one estimate during the past 25 years the government has classified between 7.5 to 8 billion pages of…

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  • The Pros And Cons Of The Patriot Act

    I will be talking about the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism, also known as the USA PATRIOT ACT, how it protects the American people and allows law enforcement to protect us, as well as the event which led to the bill being passed and the impact and controversy it has on the American people. I both approve and disapprove of the PATRIOT ACT because although the bill was passed in order to protect us with good intentions.…

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  • Analysis: The Land Of The Unfree

    a larger amount of terrorist attacks then we actually had. The Patriot Act has helped monitor foreign communications, as well as electronic communications in America. This act was created in response to the tragedy that happened on September 11th, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York. As of December 2011 the Patriot Act has prevented over 42 terrorist attacks on American soil, that’s about ten attacks per year (Fox 19 Now)! 9/11 showed America that they aren’t the safe and protected nation…

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  • Analysis Of Whistleblowing And Rational Loyalty

    related emails on a non-work server which is not illegal but it is frowned upon because of the lack of security or responsibility overall. The second problem is that the work related emails that were on the server and thus released were marked classified or higher on a good number of emails. This is where the crime comes into play because housing or sharing classified information on a non-government sanctioned server is illegal. The thoughts behind this are because there is no accountability to…

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  • The Challenges Of Energy Security

    Energy security is a global issue. It can be defined as “The uninterrupted availability of energy sources at an affordable price” (Chester, 2010). Energy security is not limited to the mere availability of the energy resources, it is rather linked with the national security of any country. If a country has energy resources to serve the need of its citizens, it means country has more sustained and long term energy security for the technological as well as economic development. Energy security…

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  • Julian Assange White Collar Crime Essay

    analyzing is the security fraud. Security fraud is an element which is associated with one committing crime aimed at infiltrating security issues and jeopardizing the efforts of security agencies of a state. As the main defendant in this case, Julian Assange has committed a white collar crime because of the fact that he leaked more than 250,000 cables exposing secrets crucial to U.S national security. On the other hand, through his actions, he purposefully obtained information crucial for…

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  • Edward Snowden's Analysis

    fall under the Espionage act section 793 (d) and section 798 (a)(3). These two sections respectively prohibit Unauthorized Communication of National Defense Information, namely “intentionally communicating national defense information to unauthorized persons if one has reason to believe the information could hurt the US or…

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  • The Importance Of NATO

    Assignment One In order for a global community to survive, countries must generate healthy relations with other countries across the world. As an effort to unite the world as a whole, countries share economical, geographical, cultural, political, and social borders. However, this attempt of uniting the world also creates a major global issue over national security around the globe. To maintain the national security, countries have to take a local and global measure. A local measure would be…

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