The War on Terror: American's Being Terrorized by Their Government

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The War on Terror: American’s Being Terrorized by their Government?

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety”- Benjamin Franklin. “Political liberty consists in security or, at least, in the opinion one has of one's security”-Montesquieu. On September 11th, 2001, the United States was devastated by terrorist attacks that destroyed infrastructure and killed thousands of civilians. This was arguably the most severe attack on the United States and with it came a panic and fear for future aggregations. Soon after the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C., Congress rushed into action and quickly passed antiterrorism legislation known as the USA Patriot Act. The title of the act is a ten-letter acronym [USA PATRIOT] that stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act. The act was understood to give the government sweeping authority to take necessary safety measures like conducting electronic surveillance via the Internet. The initial Patriot Act was passed by President George W. Bush in 2001. On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, which is a four-year extension of three key provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act: roving wiretaps, searches of business records also known as the "library records provision", and conducting surveillance of "lone wolves". Lone

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