The Rights Of The United States

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Every year people from all over the world come to the United States for a myriad of reasons. Some to seek employment, some education, and others to seek safe haven from violence and oppression from foreign governments. Regardless of the reason, the beauty of the United States is that the protections afforded by the constitution apply to anyone within its territory. However, since the terrorist attack against the United States on September 11, 2001, the protections of the constitution have since become a blurred line. Legislation such as the Patriot Act, and methods in which law enforcement conduct operations to combat terrorism have pushed the limits of the constitution. Finding the balance of working within the confines of the constitution is a constant challenge. The growing challenge elicits the potential for legal, policy and ethical issues, which ultimately undermine the very purpose of what the constitution is intended to protect. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has a tremendous responsibility to keep people safe from harm. The responsibility to investigate a wide range of crimes is summed up by the mission statement of, “to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and to enforce the criminal laws of the United States” (FBI, n.d.). This wide sweeping mission statement has led to questionable investigative techniques and possible violations of ethics, policy and even law to accomplish the mission. From
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