Case Study: The USA PATRIOT Act
One of the most controversial policies to pass legislation within the United States congress with the approval of our president at the time, George W. Bush, was the USA PATRIOT Act. The USA PATRIOT Act is actually a acronym for the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act. This Act reduced the restrictions, which now allowed the law the power to search various electronic communications records as well as medical and financial records. It also enabled fewer restrictions on foreign intelligence gathering, broadened the immigration enforcement laws to allow them to more easily detain and deport immigrants suspected of involvement with terrorism. This Act used the word terrorism vaguely and developed a expanded definition for in terms of domestic terrorism, giving more power for the use of the USA PATRIOT Act by law enforcement.
The USA Patriot Act came about in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks within the United States. The attacks aroused the American Publics fear of weakness to another potential act of terrorism. The result was that immediately after the attacks U.S. congressman set to the task of proposing anti-terrorist bills. The Bush administration used this new fear of terrorism to push through sweeping controversial policy changes that could now be overlooked. Bush used media vehicles such as news conferences open to the public to address the acts of terror, and how his administration would try to pass policies to “protect” Americans. Bush proposed fixes of our national security that went far beyond fighting terrorism. Bush played off of the chaos within congress in reaction to the terrorism, pushing federal legislators to push for his agenda. Congress passed the amendments and policies swiftly and decisively with hardly any deliberation. Neither the Senate or House of Representatives issued a report on the PATRIOT Act. Most...
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