Where Do You Stand on the Usa Patriot Act?

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Freedom in the United States has become increasingly constricted since 2001. Not only did the terrorist attacks of September 11 have a drastic effect on the U.S. economy, but our nation 's response has tested the limits of America 's core freedoms.

Congress passed the USA Patriot Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) in 2001 just weeks after the attacks, with the intention of helping law enforcement act more effectively in investigating potential terrorists.

However, this act may do more harm than good. Some groups, such as the American Library Association, state that the act infringes on Fourth Amendment rights guaranteed to us in the Constitution.
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They declare that the act is unconstitutional and will ultimately be decided so by the Supreme Court.

Many of those against the act cite ideas presented by George Orwell in his novel "1984"—mainly the concept of "Big Brother." In the book, Orwell introduces the maladies of a totalitarian government known as "Big Brother," by describing a negative utopia in which the government monitors and regulates all aspects of life. The "Big Brother" concept elicits suspicion among all members of society, and often leads to false accusations of crime and unlawful punishments. Opponents of the act state that the mishandling of it could possibly lead to similar effects. Although the act may some day expire as a result of its sunset clause, they argue that the act will provide a basis for future laws that infringe on civil rights.


In order to resolve the issues associated with the USA Patriot Act, there are not many things that we can do, as the bill was so quickly pushed through Congress. Nevertheless, a few allowances and compromises on behalf of both parties could solve the controversy more quickly than the situation is currently being handled. If the American people were simply to accept the USA Patriot Act for what it was intended to be, a protective device, then some turmoil would disappear. The bill has already passed through Congress and so it is quite difficult to change now. If the American public was to
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