The Shocking Tragedy Of The Usa / Patriot Act

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Introduction
The shocking tragedy on September 11, 2001 altered the course of American national security. Prior to the 9/11 attacks, homeland security was rarely debated as a hot topic, even within the small circle of policy elites (Kamarck, 2013, p. 34). The only prior homeland attack on America was Pearl Harbor and this was not on U.S. mainland. Many Americans were shocked that such a tragedy could occur on American soil and they are still shocked to this day. People are still recovering from this tragic event. The government knew that the country’s enemies still posed an enormous threat to the nation’s security. In response to the events that took place on 9/11, the United States Congress passed the USA/Patriot Act, which intensified the surveillance powers held by the federal government through the National Security Agency (NSA) and other federal agencies. This act increased national airport security procedures, metro security in most major U.S. cities, and extended the government’s capacity to spy on citizens.
There are many surveillance tactics currently used by the U.S. government. This includes cellphone data requests by local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities, drones, and stingray interceptors. Stingrays are an electronic surveillance device that impersonate a cell tower and intercept phone calls and text messages. In 2011, after the death of Osama Bin Laden, America had somewhat recovered from the 9/11 attacks, and became more lenient about national…

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