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The War On Terror: A Reflection On 9/11

1725 words - 7 pages

"Those who would trade some of their personal freedoms in for security will neither receive, nor deserve neither." Benjamin Franklin.
On the morning of Sept, 11 2001 people in american cities were starting their days like any other. People were going to work, kids were going to school, and Sept 11th was shaping up to be like Sep 10th, and like the days before it. New York city was no different; and as the inhabitants bustled about in the streets, going about their daily lives, oblivious to the tragedy that would befall them, New Yorkers sitting in the top offices of the world trade center towers also had no idea what was about to happen.
At 8:45 a.m. the first plane struck the north tower. Everything just stopped at that moment, and the whole world focused it's attention on what had just transpired. Confusion ensued, and for the next fifteen minutes no one new if the crash into the tower was a deliberate act, or a careless malfunction. That was until a second plane crashed into the south tower, changing the way we would conduct our daily lives forever.
The worst terror attack on U.S. soil had happened that morning, and immediately there was a call for more security. "President Bush responded by declaring an act on terror and senators began working on legislation to produce a bill to give more power to law officials and "to prevent and investigate acts of terrorism in the United States."" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Patriot_Act. A ten page bill that was put forth with the best intentions has broadened the reach of the executive branch and given too much power to the FBI when it comes to search and seizure. This page was taken from https://www.cdt.org/security/usapatriot/brochure.pdf. It's called What's Wrong With The Patriot Act And How To Fix It.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE PATRIOT ACT AND HOW TO FIX IT
There has been a lot of confusing publicity about the PATRIOT Act.
Here we try to cut through the hype, describe plainly the biggest problems with the PATRIOT Act, and offer a roadmap for restoring the balance.
No Accountability – The PATRIOT Act weakened key oversight
and accountability checks on the powers of the Executive Branch,
reducing judges to mere “rubber stamps” and leaving many decisions
about investigative techniques to the discretion of FBI agents.
Restoring the Balance: Although the FBI should have the power it
needs to investigate terrorism, the courts and Congress should have
the authority to ensure that the FBI does not overreach.
Sneak & Peek Searches – The PATRIOT Act broadened the
government’s power to search an individual’s home without telling her
until weeks or months later, and to do so in any criminal case.
Restoring the Balance: Secret searches should be allowed only in
special circumstances, such as if someone’s life is at stake or evidence
will be destroyed. Otherwise, FBI agents should have to knock on a
person’s door and announce that they have a search warrant, as
intended by the Fourth Amendment....

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