Essay on The Patriot Act is Unconstitutional

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The Patriot Act was established after the tragedy of September, 11, 2001 in a moment of weakness. It gave unprecedented and unnecessary powers to intelligence agencies under the wide umbrella of national security. The Patriot Act has used an “us vs them” mentality as well as pro-American propaganda to accomplish its goals. This new authority of the intelligence agencies has gone too far, is unjustified, unconstitutional, and infringes on the privacy of the American people, as well as others in the world. The Patriot Act should be weakened in order to preserve the rights of the American people and to reaffirm to the world that the U.S will not tolerate violations of human rights. On September, 11th, 2001, the United…show more content…
The other purposes section of that is incredibly vague, modifying laws concerning money laundering, education, financing, credit reporting, computer fraud, electronic communications, and others ("The USA Patriot"). One section of the Patriot Act pertaining to the NSA surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden is an amendment to FISA Act of 1978, increasing surveillance authority by allowing the collection of "certain business records for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigations" (“Uniting and Strengthening”). This gave the NSA and other intelligence agencies a broad authority to collect data from corporations. This has been “intentionally and willfully abused”, with some workers spying on lovers, ex-lovers, and others, “for practice”, “out of curiosity”, and other “reasons”. There have been no reported employee terminations due to this (Moyer). It wasn't just family, friends or ex-lovers that the NSA agents had the capability to spy on. When Edward Snowden leaked his information, he informed the public, “I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you, or your accountant, to a federal judge, to even the President if I had a personal email” (Masnick). For the agents to collect information, except certain types of information, they had
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