The Transformation Of The Us Through Terror

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American citizens lost their sense of safety and security after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 (9/11). The United States (U.S.) became a nation transformed, and a vital debate arose between civil liberties and national security. The attacks on 9/11 should not have come as a surprise, for years Islamist extremists had given warning of their hatred and intent to kill Americans. According to the National Commission On Terrorist Attacks Upon The United States (2004) throughout the 1990s hundreds of people were killed, and thousands wounded resulting from various attacks against the U.S. and several U.S. embassies. Furthermore, across the government, there were failures of management, capabilities, policy, and imagination. No action was taken against these acts of violence, and because of the egotism, on 9/11 the highest price was paid.
The Fourth Amendment is among the original amendments known as the Bill of Rights. This amendment provides protection against unreasonable searches and seizures without probable cause and against the improper issue of warrants. For the past 200+ years, the government has only limited constitutional rights during times of War. Many argue there is no rationalization for limiting one’s freedoms. From a personal stand point, national security overrides civil liberties simply because we cannot forget that we are a nation and must act as a whole. The government acted in true faith and had probable cause to approve the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (Patriot Act). The Patriot Act improves the counter-terrorism efforts in several significant ways. For example, law enforcement and foreign intelligence agencies are able to better “connect the dots” by having a broader authority to pursue, share, and block possible terrorist communications (Congressional Research Service: The Library of Congress, 2002). In addition, the Act provided law enforcement with the ability to seek...

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