The USA Patriot Act and Its Negative Effects on the Civil
Liberties and Constitutional Freedoms

Christopher Smith
Expository Writing TTH 2-350pm
California State University San Bernardino

Abstract
The catastrophic events that took place on September 11, 2001 opened America’s eyes to the realization that we are not as safe as we believed. Hi-jackers took control of four commercial jets with sole intentions of causing destruction on American soil. Three of the planes reached their targets completely destroying the World Trade Center and severely damaging the Pentagon. In the wake of this realization, legislation was passed that gave far reaching powers to the government to protect the United States and its citizens. This legislation is The USA Patriot Act of 2001. President Bush signed the act into law on October 26, 2001. The goal of this paper is to explore the changes that were made due to the passage of The USA Patriot Act, the controversy in the speediness of its passage and what it means for our civil liberties and our rights under the constitution. What price are we paying to feel safer in this country?

Literature Review At 8:46 am: Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Flight 11 crashes at roughly 490 mph into the north side of the north tower of the World Trade Center, between floors 94 and 98. At 9:03 am: Flight 175 crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center Flight 175 crashes at about 590 mph into the south side of the south tower banked between floors 78 and 84. By this time, several media organizations are covering the first plane crash; millions see the impact live. [ (Umminger, et al., 2006) ] It is this event that forever changed the American people. America, one of the strongest nations on earth, witnessing the sheer magnitude of what took place; eyes were opened to the need for increased security. The investigation of the attacks revealed that the attackers were foreign born terrorist who



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