Patriot Act 2001

Apr 16th, 2015
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Write a 1,050 to 1,200 word paper that addresses advantages and disadvantages of authorizing the USA Patriot Act of 2001 as a permanent change to American statutory authority. Describe the act and its implications for citizens’ privacy rights in the United States

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Patriot Act of 2001NameClassAteProfessorPatriot Act of 2001 The USA Patriot Act of 2001 was the government's response to the failure of law enforcement and government agencies in the country to stop the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The Patriot Act is legislation created in the wake of the terrorist attacks in order to prevent and deter any further terrorist attack occurring to the nation. The legislation is designed to give all federal agencies additional authority and power when it comes to intercepting communications involving potential terrorist suspects. The legislation was created in order to close American borders to terrorist threats and detain any suspects. The Patriot Act established the criminal penalties for committing acts of terrorism and crimes used to fund terrorist act. The act defines the procedures that will be used by law enforcement when obtaining evidence and outlines the additional authority they have been granted. This includes the ability to conduct wireless investigations, such as roving wiretaps and data mining. While the sole goal of the Patriot Act is to improve the security of the nation it has its challenges. The Patriot Act is unconstitutional in that is violates the fourth amendment right of the citizen despite the facts it is designed to safeguard the nation. In this case physical safety has been ruled more important than safeguarding democracy. What this means is the government has decide

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