Can terrorism be adequately dealt with through the legislative process, such as with the Patriot Act? Why or why not? Would you be willing to give up some of your rights to allow law enforcement more latitude in dealing with terrorism?
Terrorism is an heinous crime against humanity. After the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack, George Bush administration immediately passed the Patriot Act of 2001 by legislature.
Terrorism can be dealt with through legislature if:
it does not disregard the constitutional rights of resident citizens.
it does not discriminate against notable minorities and immigrants.
However, opponents of the Patriot Act 2001 claim it favors executive powers, gives the president absolute authority and lacks due process of law because it did not pass through the right legislative process.
Legislature can be used to deal with terrorism if it upholds and asserts the value and worth of every human being. If it does not, terrorism cannot be eliminated.
This is where the Patriot Act failed to combat terrorism. The Act is used as a pretext to suppress legislature opposition, discriminates against asylum seekers, notable minorities and immigrants who are misjudged as terrorists. Furthermore, the ACT empowered the FBI to obtain information about U.S citizens without little proof.
I value my human right and would not relinquish it to authorities because of the act committed by others. I prefer to protect constitutional rights and worth.
Dec 5th, 2014
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