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The Patriot Act: Not Enough Power
After the September 11th attacks, to help Americans cope with the fact that people actually attacked the United States, the government passed the Patriot Act to help give law enforcement an upper hand combating terrorism on American soil. Growing up in a family where everyone is involved in law enforcement listening to the stories about tracking down criminals and how police officers do not have enough power. When detain Americans indefinitely, the CCAPA gives some good information. When the government is doing things in secret Stravelli gives you the details. Downes informs us on how the government is turning citizens into suspects. The article “Patriot Act” talks about how law enforcement is combating terrorism.

One of the liberties the Patriot Act gave law enforcement was that they could detain anyone suspected of terrorist activates indefinitely. Two military generals have commented on detain Americans indefinitely, “One provision [in the bill] would authorize the military to indefinitely detain without charge people suspected of involvement with terrorism, including United States citizens apprehended on American soil. Due process would be a thing of the past,” (Krulak and Hoar). The last sentence in that quote could make Americans question the government’s intentions, but if someone is suspected of being a terrorist it is understandable that they should not get treated the same as every other criminal. While imprisoned the military or law enforcement cannot use force to get the accused to confess like they would with non-Americans. The American Civil Liberties Union gives details by stating, “Don’t be confused by anyone claiming that the indefinite detention legislation does not apply to American citizens. It does. There is an exemption for American citizens from the mandatory detention requirement (section 1032 of the bill), but no exemption for American citizens from the authorization to use the military to...