The Pros And Cons Of The Patriot Act

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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. What the act does is remove obstacles to investigate terrorism, it has made stricter laws for terrorist any one that might have aided them, it has allowed information between law enforcement to be easier to share, and it has also updated laws to keep in pace with the advances in technology (Anderson). As every other subject concerning a topic such as this, which not only affects a group of people but an entire nation, there is controversy and opposition. The question is wheather or not the Patriot Act has really worked to stop terrorism. As data compiled by The Heritage

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