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Patriot Games

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Connor Walsh
Professor Godbey
English 104
March 31, 2008
Patriot Games
Ever since the towers fell on September 11, 2001, and the flags began to fly, and the soldiers went over, there has been a defining separation over the best and most effective way to fight the “war on terrorism”. New legislation on Capitol Hill created to deal with these threats was at first met with full and unhindered support, as immediate action was needed to effectively respond to the attacks. In the past few years however, these laws have been more intimately scrutinized and examined, and have been met with increasing opposition and debate. The central issue behind these concerns is the potential for violations of civil liberties that these laws may allow, as unintentional as it may be. But the larger, more concerning issue goes beyond the actions of Capitol Hill, asking the question, “Do the ends justify the means?” In fighting this “war on terror” we have been forced to change the way we view and approach our new world, let’s face it, this isn’t the country that our grandparents grew up in or even the country that our parents grew up in for that matter. While, hopefully, most Americans agree that freedom and liberty is worth fighting for, the ideas that everyone has are as vast as the country is big. One such piece of legislation, the PATRIOT Act, has become the poster child for people frustrated with the way the government has handled our security after September 11. While there certainly are questionable sections to the act that deserve our attention and analysis, the results of actions taken because of the PATRIOT Act have explicitly made this country safer and more secure.

I feel fairly confident that the idea of “roving surveillance” is something that would really deter someone planning to mark another black day in American history. Everyone who lost a loved one on that tragic day in September of 2001 should be behind this law whole-heartedly, and even those who didn’t...