National security has altered several of our amendments taking away our freedom of speech, freedom of unreasonable search and seizures, freedom of being held without charge, and much more. One of the most well known amendments is freedom of speech. However, after 9/11 it 's not so much a “freedom” as it is a “privilege”. “The Patriot Act broadly expands the official definition of terrorism so that many domestic groups that engage in nonviolent civil disobedience could...find themselves labeled as terrorists” (Eroding Liberty). So even though we are told we have the right to say what we want, if we say something the government does not like, we are classified as a “terrorist”.
Many people are failing to recognize the government’s full potential of surveillance over citizens. Most people truly are either just oblivious to the matter or are turning a blind eye on it. Having no privacy over people 's own lives own life takes a turn on things and pushes them straight into the reality the country is dealing with right now. When taking a look at other countries that the government watches over everyone, like North Korea, it’s assuring that that’s not where anyone would want to live. People want to live in a place where they feel safe to read, publish, or watch whatever they want without being watched.
To begin with, Counterterrorism measures such as Biometric data collection would not flag Adam Smith as a homegrown terrorist. Even though Homeland Security’s advanced data collection and evaluation methods from have had outstanding triumphs with many foreign terrorists entering the United States. In the same fashion, administered programs such techniques are probable to yield false positives due to temporary or permanently distorted physical injuries. Furthermore, the homegrown terrorist in the U.S. is typically obedient to the laws with authentic proofs of identification with transgressions or not has not been alerted by Homeland Security as a terrorist.
I’ll be discussing the similarities and differences between the Alien and Sedition Act and the Patriot Act, and how these two Acts impacted our nation during a time of war. Furthermore, both of these Acts helped protect our nation when there was a crisis at at hand. However, both of these Acts provide the government with power that was not constitutional. The Alien Sedition act was passed in-order to protect the young nation from french spies. The Patriot Act was passed in-order to protect the nation from further terrorist attacks.
The main provisions of the Act were to enable the Home Secretary to indefinitely detain, without trial - those suspected of terrorism. It also limited the appeals of foreign nationals that are detained under suspected terrorist offences to a closed special immigration commission. The court of appeal can only take decisions on a point of law. Indefinite detention of ‘suspected international terrorists’ - According to S21 (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 (ATCSA) the Secretary of State may issue a certificate in respect of a person if he reasonably believes that the person’s presence in the United Kingdom is a risk to national security and the person is a terrorist. Another controversial part of the act is that under S23(1) ATCSA 2001 it states a ‘suspected international terrorist ' upon certification may be detained indefinitely if either a ‘point of law’ or a ‘practical consideration’ prevents his removal from the United Kingdom.
Has Al Qaeda become a problem in the United States today? Does the United States need to do something to stop Al Qaeda? Many U.S. Citizens think that all types of terrorist should be killed, then we wouldn 't have to worry about them anymore. The U.S. Policy on Terrorism has spread terrorism instead of containing it. These are some of the cons on the U.S. Policy on terrorism.
Nowadays, many people in the United States spend too much time discussing the balance between security and liberty. They criticize the government and condemn the security measures. However, they don't want to admit that many terrorist attacks were prevented by wiretapping, monitoring the internet, and so on. Professor Levinson states that it is “spying”. I would call it “a desire to defend the people, to protect their lives and health from the terrorist
Counterintelligence: The Sword and Shield in Counterterrorism Michael Jay Smith American Military University INTL 498 Senior Seminar Dr. Lamont Colucci Misunderstood Capabilities “All Warfare is based upon deception”- Sun Tzu In most instances, Counterintelligence operations are often misunderstood in the capabilities they provide to counter-terror operations. Counterintelligence operations offer many options in order to ensure that intelligence collection is attainable in instances of terrorism both domestically and internationally. These collections are available from electronic and physical surveillance to the use of covert actions. In the realm of terror and counter-terror operations, the use of Counterintelligence shows the ability to
Lastly, McCormack states that “This type of legislation threatens our ability to work for change within society and acts to silence voices of dissent” (McCormack). This is arguable because the act doesn’t restrict freedom, it protects liberties. The Patriot Act is justified by the 9/11 attacks because it has helped put dozens of terrorism attempts in the ground, it has broken down communication barriers that were built between the branches of the government, and overall has heightened every
Now don’t get me wrong things like the patriot act are necessary for the safety of our nations but I believe the NSA has been taking things much too far. The NSA has been purposely intruding SMS, texts, calls, and almost anything that is considered over the web interaction. Not only is this causing problems for people right here at home but is also making enemies overseas. A great example of this is the NSA spying scandal in Germany. On July 10th 2014 as told by several news site including my citing of NBC news  that Germany demanded that the top U.S. intelligence official leave immediately over spying allegations.