Professor George Tod Slone
Date: September 25, 2010
Although collecting Intelligence on citizens is a powerful tool for preventing crime and stopping terrorism, the police may only do so in a manner consistent with the Constitution. The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA Patriot) Act has not infringed on United States citizens rights to privacy.
A small group of Americans have a problem with the Patriot Act and believe that it infringes on their civil rights. The goal of this paper is to examine the effects of the USA Patriot Act (the Act) on the Civil Liberties of the citizens of the United States. By conducting a thorough research and effectively presenting those results to the reading audience, it will be demonstrated that the Act does not infringe on citizen’s rights, nor violates the Fourth Amendment. The quotation “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” (Franklin, 1790) used by opposing groups is not a fair statement to use nor does have relevance concerning the Act and the safety of the Homeland.
The Patriot Act was signed into law on October 26, 2001 by President George W. Bush. There were four major goals to the Act (107TH CONGRESS, 1st Session, 2001): 1.to give investigators tools combat terrorism that were already available for other crimes, such as the roaming wire tap and other forms of electronic surveillance 2.to facilitate better communications between agencies investigation terrorism 3.to update statutes against terrorists to reveled threats from newer technologies 4.to increase penalties against those convicted of terrorist-related crimes The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States came into existence as a response to the abuses of the writ of assistance, which was a...