Wire Taps, forced entry without a warrant, unlawful arrest, and cavity searches at the airports. These illegal actions are violations against our civil liberties, but they are legal. Since the adoption of the Patriot Act of 2001, our security and freedom has been in question. Our forefathers foreseen that these violations of search and seizure are unconstitutional and enacted the Bill of Rights laws to ensure that our liberties are protected. Does anti-terrorism legislation, help with the fight on terrorism, violate civil liberties or cause a Fascist State? In this research paper, I will examine these findings to discover if the allegations are true.
In 2001, The Patriot Act was voted on by the Act of Congress and was signed by the presiding President, George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. “The name ‘Patriot Act’ is an acronym for ‘Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism’.” (Discover the Network, n.d.). The Patriot Act was formed to strength the domestic security and to connect all law-enforcement agencies (FBI, CIA and Homeland Security) together to stop terrorism in the United States. Skeptics say this act may fight terrorism, but it has been used to illegally spy on average American citizens.
The compliant about the Patriot Act is that it allows the government to spy on citizens through wiretapping from the Internet and the request was granted to also allow law enforcement to enter into our homes without a legal warrant. If terrorist activity was found, the law agencies could come and arrest you and hold you for an unlimited time but without your right to legal representation. It has been reported that the Patriot Act has helped law enforcement agents with the tools to monitor terrorist activity just like the
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police use to monitor criminal activity. “The law simply lets counterterrorism agents use
tools that the police officers have used for decades. And it contain elaborate safeguards against abuse.”(Sales, N., 2011 September, 8). Since the event of 9/11
(2001), we have not had any attacks of that magnitude, but we have had smaller incidents like the Boston Marathon, the diverted attack in New York City with a bomb...