1984 Privacy Invasion Related to Patriot Act

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In George Orwell's novel 1984, the society was brainwashed and controlled by their government. They were stripped of their rights by "Big Brother". The government says they’re at war, but the citizens never hear of the enemy battles or see them on television. The government makes them watch certain programs, and always has them under surveillance. It is as if the people of this generation cannot do anything without the government having planned it already or them watching what the citizens are doing. The government invades the privacy of the people. Our government recently used the Patriot Act as a way to invade the privacy of many people.

The USA PATRIOT Act is a law ratified by the government under George W Bush on October 26th 2001. This law stood for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. It was put into effect after the terrorist attack of 9/11. At first many supported this act and what it stood for. When voted upon very few people were against it. Both houses of congress and both political parties fully supported the Patriot Act. After the trauma of September 11th people were willing to give up their civil liberties Many including our government believe that this act was put into effect to protect us from terrorism, but in fact this act invaded the privacy of many innocent people. The act gives the government the ability to search telephone calls, emails, financial matters especially one involving foreign individuals, and even medical records for people who are “suspected” of endangering the country. With the act in effect the government is able to detain and deport immigrants suspected of being involved with terrorism. Many immigrants were stereotyped as suspects and treated differently by our government under this act. When looking at the act, there are many similarities to the policies that "Big Brother" encouraged in Orwell’s novel.

The act consists of information sharing,...
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