Patriot Act

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Patriot Act

The Patriot Act has been one of the most hotly debated topics since it was enacted in
2001. The biggest reason for the controversy over the act, is whether or not it invades
some of our personal freedoms. I, however, believe that the Patriot Act is something very
necessary in today's world.

The Patriot Act was designed to protect the United States from further terrorist attacks
by allowing more information to be recorded for investigation. This is needed because in
order to arrest someone, they need to commit a crime first. What the Patriot Act is
allowing, is the ability to watch possible terrorist before they commit a terrorist attack
such as 9/11. If we can only arrest them after they have committed the crime, at which
point, the damage has already been done.

The government is monitoring this through surveillance of oral and electronic
communications, bank records, library records, and other such records. They also have the
power to search and seizure someone without or with a delayed warrant. Many people believe
that it is taking away from the right stated in the fourth amendment, which is the freedom
of unreasonable searches and seizures. They also believe that the act is depriving them of
the rights provided by the first amendment and the right of due process. I do not believe
that these rights are being invaded, but for those that believe they are, it is for the
greater good of trying to keep our country safe.

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