The Case Against the US Patriot Act
"There is nothing to fear, but fear itself." This famous quote, spoken by Franklin Roosevelt, serves as a reminder to people everywhere that fear should not guide our actions, nor should they influence our lives. On September 11th, 2001, the American public saw the face of fear and stood bravely in its shadow, its shadow which covered New York City and Washington DC. Shortly thereafter, President George W. Bush proclaimed that he would "do everything in his power to protect the American people." Protection always has a price, and as we now know, this "price" was not entirely fiscal.
The U.S. Patriot Act of 2001 gives the government too much power to invade the privacy and limit the freedoms of the American public- rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. This legislation drafted in fear and embraced by a government running for re-election, gives the government more power than ever to investigate various crimes; focusing mainly on terrorism. …
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