Conspiracy Pros And Cons

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In an age of what appears to be increasing insecurity, Americans have to make a choice between being secure and maintaining civil liberties or is it up to the government to decide. Privacy today faces growing threats from a growing surveillance apparatus that is often justified in the name of the national security. Security is privileged over values such as civil liberties after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Because of this horrendous event the national government, began its surveillance attack in hoping to stop another terrorist attack from happening. The government has been trying to rebuild the security that was lost (“Money”). Their plan for doing this involves increasing the surveillance, listening to phone calls, and monitoring…show more content…
The Act was used to improve our counter-terrorism efforts (“USA Patriot Web”). According to the U.S Department of Justice, “since its passage following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Patriot Act has played a key part in a number of successful operations to protect innocent Americans from deadly plans of terrorists dedicated to destroying America and our way of life.” Since the government believed that the Patriot Act was the answer to peace, they wanted to develop it but ended up twisting it to their advantage. The government started to abuse the power of the Patriot Act, and even the idea of the Patriot Act and then it began falling apart since “part of the statute violates the First Amendment and the Separation of powers doctrine” (“Top Ten”). With the government holding the control over the law, they are able to create their own version of what the Patriot Act is such as “eliminating the statutes of limitations for certain terrorism crimes and lengthens them for other terrorist crimes” (“USA Patriot Web”). This degree started the downfall of the nation in terms of peace. No one person seems to be safe from the…show more content…
Since then people have been trying to rebuild their lives and continue on. America is getting there and will not fall because of the attack. According to Professor Dhruba Bora, a criminal justice professor at Marshall University, America will not be phased by such a little thing as a terrorist attack because of all the governments attacks into preventing another one. The government attacks that Professor Bora mentioned are surveillance, cell phone tapping, and the twisting of the Patriot Act. It is because the government understands that all lives are precious that they are willing to go to such lengths in order to protect its people, but all the government is doing to fix the nation is adding more and more surveillance and starting to treat the people of the nation as if they were nothing but slaves to the government (Goldman).The governments reason for this is to protect the people, and the people are starting to accept it. According to a new poll done by The Atlantic, the support for surveillance is increasing (Davis). Privacy may be lost and people may feel uncomfortable but it the government’s plan for protection works then the people should be willing to put up with the discomfort in order to protect the nation. According to Deena Zaru, a writer for CNN, states that “people should know that there is a way to stay on the grid and maintain a certain level of control over the type of information
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