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The Patriot Act: Just Or Just A Major Violation Of Our Constitutional Rights?

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The Patriot Act: Just or Just a Major Violation of Our Constitutional Rights?After the devastating acts of the Muslim terrorists on 9/11, the president issued an Executive order known as HR 3162, or the inaptly named "USA PATRIOT Act" (which stands for "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism"). Or so he would have the public believe. The Patriot Act was actually an extremely radical bill created by John Ashcroft months before 9/11. It had all of the radical Bill of Rights violating content that everyone has come to know and hate (well, not everyone, just the non-ignorant ones). But this bill was too radical, even for ...view middle of the document...

.. they need to be very cautious not to seek political advantage by making incendiary suggestions." Sorry Democrats, Bush beat you to it. I think House Minority leader Dick Gephardt said it best when he said, "Our nation is not well served when the charge of 'partisan politics' is leveled at those who simply seek information that the American people need and deserve to know."For those who do not know the full extent of the Patriot Act's limits, join the club. The Act is up for "interpretation," as if Bush was the Supreme Court and the Patriot Act was the Constitution. The Act basically states that you can be accused of being a terrorist "of guilt by association, association as grounds for exclusion or deportation, the ban on supporting lawful activities of groups labeled terrorist, the use of secret evidence, and the empowerment of the Secretary of State to designate groups as terrorist organizations, without judicial or congressional review." It allows for indefinite detention of suspected (not PROVEN) alien terrorists, without probable cause of a crime, without a hearing or an opportunity to defend or challenge the evidence against them, when they have not even been proven to be a threat and have already established a legal right to remain here. The only process allowed the suspected alien is the "right" to go to federal court and sue the government for its actions. Simply put, if you so much as passed gas in front of the president, he can have you arrested and thrown in prison (no, I don't mean jail, I MEAN prison) without even having to tell you what you have been arrested for. This past October, a man looking at foreign-language pages on the Web in a New Jersey library was taken into custody as he left the building. Another patron, without enough to...

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