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Patriot Act

             The 2001 Patriot Act granted the federal government with the power to investigate or in prison anyone suspected of terrorism without due process. The act also enabled all of the intelligence agencies to share all of their information on suspected terrorists and potential threats. This is a major problem that has many wondering if the government has too much power, and is taking away peoples rights that every person has in the Bill of Rights. .
             In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the U.S. Congress at the urging of the Bush administration, overwhelmingly passed the 2001 Patriot Act. The Act stands for "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism," is mainly intended to provide law enforcement with legally defined authorization to prevent and respond to potential terrorist threats against the U.S. But not every American citizen agrees with the policies of the Patriot Act. "There has been opposition to the act from every part of the political spectrum from the extreme left to the faithful libertarians, have all expressed their concerns about this new law"(1). .
             The Patriot Act benefits every American citizen. How So? The act enables every law enforcement agency to share their information with one another. "Whenever a person is pulled over by a police officer the officer will be able to know if the person is wanted by the F.B.I. or the Department of Homeland Security for possible threat to National Security" (2). This is very important since a few people believe that September 11 could have been prevented if the law enforcement agencies had been sharing their intelligence with one another. The Patriot Act is a small price to pay for our freedom and comfort and lets every possible terrorist around the world know that when it comes to our national security the United States means business.

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