[2014] Stoltzfus Bekah (LupsJuniors6): The Patriot Act

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[2014] Stoltzfus Bekah (LupsJuniors6): The Patriot Act

September 11, 2001 is a date that our country will never forget. As a result of a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in NYC, and the Pentagon, 2,977 people died, and the government needed to respond legislatively. Their legislative response, which was signed into law by President Bush on October 26,2001, was the Patriot Act.

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The Patriot Act

The Patriot Act is: a U.S. law enacted in response to the September 11. 2001 terrorist attacks, which gave law-enforcement officials greater ability to tap telephones and track Internet users. (dictionary.com)

Key Provisions of the Patriot Act: Sec. 203(b) and (d): Allows information from criminal probes to be shared with intelligence agencies and other parts of the governmentSec. 206: Allows one wiretap authorization to cover multiple devices, eliminating the need for separate court authorizations for a suspect's cellphone, laptop, and iPad for example.Sec. 215: Allows easier access to business records in foreign intelligence investigations.Sec. 213: Allows "Sneak and peek" search warrants, which let authorities search a home or business without immediately notifying the target of the probe.

Debate on the Patriot Act

While the Patriot Act does protect us from internal terrorism, it also infringes on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, destroying any legal right to privacy. Without our knowledge, the govenrment can legally, under the Patriot Act, the government can search through an individuals computer, text messages, and numerous forms of communication with little evidence of that individuals involvement with anything of a terrorist nature. The Patriot Act puts a signficant amount of power in the hands of the national government, and it virtually cancels out the American citizen's inherent rights promised to them by the Bill of Rights.

The Patriot Act took many personal rights away from Americans

The Patriot Act created a set of laws that many believe supersede and contradict the Constitution.

Romans 13:1 "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is not authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Though the Patriot Act did take away many rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, it was created with the good intention to protect Americans from further terrorist aggression. The government has been put in place by God and we may feel infringed upon by the Patriot Act, but God is ultimately in control.

These key provisions, among other provisions of the Patriot Act can be positive. Many fulfill the Act's purpose, to provide law enforcement agencies and officials with the abilities needed under the law to detect and prevent terrorism. The Patriot Act protects us significantly more against internal and foreign acts of terrorism, with the goal of preventing any act like 9/11 from ever happening again in America.


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