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The First Amendment
Freedom is being breached all over the U.S and most of it is being taken away from the press. Sure the Patriot Act is killing everyone's privacy in secrecy all over the US, but journalists and reporters are being put in jail right and left. The government has infringed on their rights in a way that should not be with the first amendment. It seems like the more people let the government do, the more steps the government takes to take first amendment rights from people. For instance the secret spying on people from government organizations, the quiet protest of a man who was brutally beat and sent to jail, the beginning of punishment comparison to a communist country, and the severe punishment of a man who would did not do anything but cover up his sources. This and many other acts of government is what is tearing down the foundry of this country. Now it is nearly impossible to protect privacy with the government spying on us without our consent. "Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that since shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001 the National Security Agency, whose mission is to monitor the communications of foreigners outside our borders, has been focusing its futuristic spy technology on Americans." The spying that should shock everyone all over the US. Now people cannot even talk on the phone or talk online without some government official spying all over the place. The first amendment is only a tool; if no people use it then the government does not have to follow it. The government wants to protect people by listening to everyone trying to catch terrorists, but it should not be at the cost of freedom. "The electronic eavesdropping was conducted under orders from the president…" The president is a major source to this dilemma. He is taking away the rights of people who are not there to stop him. "The president himself even summoned Times officials to the White House to persuade them not to go ahead with the...
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