Machiavellian 9/11 Policies

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September 11, 2001. A day that many hate to remember and a day the world will never forget. The devastating attack on America that occurred on 9/11 was not only a wake up call but also reveled that America was the impenetrable State she displayed herself as. The president at this time was George W. Bush; he has to act quickly and intelligently. This called for immediate attention and had the attention of single person in America. Niccolo Machiavelli was a philosopher from the 15th and 16th century, using his ideas I will examine the politics and public policy of the Bush administration following 9/11. After the attacks on 9/11, Americans looked to the government for protection and the government acted by implementing new policies. Policies that would prevent another attack, expose terrorist, and make Americans feel safe again. From a Machiavellian perspective, many of these policies were justly implemented. One was the Homeland Security Act, which was enacted in 2002. The primary mission of this act is to prevent terrorist attacks. Under this act, the secretary of homeland security has the authority to control investigations that require access to information needed to prevent terrorism . This allows authorities access to PHI without getting consent…show more content…
Due to the government checks and balance system congress or the president cannot implement anything without it being checked. Once the President signs an act, citizens must abide by it because of the social contract. We gave them the power to make those decisions and agreed to follow whatever they create as long as it does not violate the constitution or civil liberties. This same idea plays a part in the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System the Bush administration

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