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USA Patriot Act (2001)

University of phoenix
Legal issues in justice and security
AJS 522
Kim Tandy
July 15, 2013

USA Patriot Act (2001)
On September 11, 2001 19 Al-Queda members attacked New York and Washington D.C. by hijacking four passenger airliners. Two of the airplanes American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines 175 were crashed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Centers in New York City. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon which collapsed the western side of the Pentagon. United Flight 93 was supposed to crash into United States Capital, but did not do so instead crashed into a field in Shanksville Pennsylvania. Due to the events that took place on 9/11 George W. Bush signed the USA
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In 2004, Judge Merrero ruled that the F.B.I’s “national security letters” (NSLs) violated the U.S. Constitution. See Doe v. Ashcroft, 334 F.Supp.2d.471 (Decided in the U.S. Dist. Court for Southern Dist. of New York, 2004). Why would a judge or anyone want to block out parts of the Patriot Act? This was put into place to help our country stay safe from any future terrorist attacks. I would personally sacrifice my private phone calls or e-mails if it kept my family and country safe. We can’t always expect to not have to sacrifice anything personally or privately for the best interest of our freedom. There is a price to pay to have the freedom we have. Our military sacrifice their time, service, and lives for us to have all that we have. Now, if the government needs to check my e-mail or phone calls to make sure nothing is taken place so be it. If you are someone who isn’t breaking the law or doing anything shady then this should not be a problem.
For libraries, Sections 215 and 505 of the PATRIOT Act are particularly pertinent. Section 215 allows FBI agents to present a library with an order issued ex parte (from one party) by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) "requiring the production of any tangible things (including books, records, papers, documents, and other items) for an investigation to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities."1 Under such an order, a library may be required to
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