Critics are still arguing that such “powerful” Bill had to be debated and deliberated. Secondly, it is also considered that Patriot Act violates the constitutional civil liberties of the United States, especially: right to privacy, freedom from unreasonable searches, conducting wiretaps, using NSLs, search the private property without any notification and detain a material witness or a suspect with no access to lawyer. There are many evidences when the law was used inappropriate towards non-terrorist criminals. New York Times writes: “The Bush administration, which calls the USA Patriot Act perhaps its most essential tool in fighting terrorists, has begun using the law with increasing frequency in many criminal investigations that have little or no connection to terrorism.” This article shows that the government started to use “new” authority under the Patriot Act to investigate cases on drug trafficking, money laundries, blackmailers and child pornography. Justice Department arguments their position
On September 11, 2001 the world came to a stand still as a terroristic attack targeting our country killed 2,977 people. As fear ran high in every American house hold, the government quickly acted and on October 26 President George W. Bush passed the USA PATRIOT Act. The full title, "Uniting and Strenghtening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act", suggest how the government quickly acted in response to the new threat that we were experianceing. Although some may argue that it violates our civil liberties, the Patriot Act serves as an asset to help protect U.S. citizens by stopping terrorist attacks, giving the law enforcement tools to make investigations easier, and increases national security. What the Patriot Act does is it provides us with a tool to strengthen the ability that the government has to stop terrorist attacks from happening on U.S. soil.
The moment that the Twin Towers fell in New York, America became destined for change. In the wake of these attacks, the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 was quickly passed through congress, and signed by then-president, George W. Bush. The act itself gives the FBI and other government agencies the ability to do and use certain methods, many of which are already used by other law enforcement organizations, to help prevent future terrorist attacks. Since then, this piece of legislation has been the center of much debate and controversy. But, there is ample reason to believe that the Patriot Act is needed and effective.
According to Richards (2013), it is illegitimate and pernicious to establish an underground and comprehensive surveillance in the society. First, individual privacy, which should be granted and well protected by the law, is now violated. Under PRISM, personal details, including thoughts, movements, communication, transaction and health record, is being systemically and consistently collected without a permit from the owners. The right to hold these details is shifted from the individuals to the state. The state then can make use of the information for certain political purposes like filtering criminal/ terrorist-related suspects out of the government or even country.
For example, the failed shoe bomb attempt in December 2001 caused the requirement where passengers must take off their shoes for screenings (Bajoria). This displays how the new airport security measures are changing primarily because of past events and not changing in order to stop future attacks. Likewise, Bruce Schneier, a security technologist, argues that the increase in airport security is a waste of money. He states, “We pick a defense, and then the terrorists look at our defense and pick an attack designed to get around it. Our security measures only work if we happen to guess the plot correctly.
1182(a)(3)). The modification expands the reasons for deportation and inadmissibility for alleged support of terrorist causes by re-defining terms/categories. It redefines the categorizations of “engaging in terrorist activity” (F)(iv) and “representing a terrorist organization,” and adds “espousing terrorist activity, being the spouse or child of an inadmissible alien (VII), associating with a terrorist organization, and intending to engage in activities that could endanger the welfare, safety or security of the United States” (2)(F). The last phrase “…engage in activities that could endanger the welfare, safety or security of the United States” is an argumentative definition that advances the belief of safety most Americans value, and strokes the fires of our
Governments use fear as a strategy to control people for example back in the times after the bombing of hiroshima our government send videos out to schools, televisions etc.. to publicate to citizens on how to prepare if there was a bombing because if they were preparing them the government was controlling them and live in fear and probably think that the United States government can help them . so companies started to sell first aid kits for bombing , the government made people believe that everything they do is for their own benefit. In 1984 they used fear as a way of control because when Winston was caught with Julia they took him into room 101 which was the room of torture and basically where O’Brien picks up a cage full of enormous, squirming rats and places it near Winston. He says that when he presses a lever, the door will slide up and the rats will leap onto Winston’s face and eat it. starving rats just inches away( chapter V), Winston Changes his mind .
These body cameras are an invasion of privacy to these victims caught on camera. People in the U.S as Americans have a right to privacy as stated in the 4th amendment, these body cameras are invasion to their privacy by placing the videos from the camera on Youtube or online. It is true, that these cameras are a violation of privacy and it breaking our amendment however, the police departments will work with victims so the videos will not be released, the department of police can ask permission to release the videos or at least sign a consent form to put it out. Victims on camera can ask ask cops to turn off the cameras at any time. At the end of the day they do have choice, therefore body cameras should be permitted in police
In an Authoritarian government, when citizens speak against their government or leader, they often are jailed or even killed. According to Kathleen Touchstone (2010) “The rights of the individual must be protected and not infringed by the government” (p.18) As the United States has expanded to a bigger governmental power, the issue of “terrorism” grows each and every day. The reason on why terrorism exists and continues to grow and take place is another issue I won’t even address because I could talk about it all day. But, the United States government uses federal organizations such as the NSA, which violates our constitution, rights, and privacy. They have the ability to tap into any technological device, and they do so to in the name of “counter terrorism” to “protect
Harold, the creator of the facial recognition machine, originally developed this machine to catch acts of terror and prevent them from happening. However, this technology started to watch over ordinary individuals, which involves questions of depriving citizens of their right to privacy. The show’s concern is the danger of using surveillance to watch people every hour of the day, and how technology can easily turn against you. It implies that a machine can govern citizens and control every aspect of their life if not used carefully. In season 4 episode 5, Harold speaks to the machine about being the admin, but he knows something is completely wrong.