The USA PATRIOT Act
Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism
An in depth look at President Bush's response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
VIOLATED CIVIL LIBERTIES
Approved by vote of 357-66
just one day after being introduced
"No one has really had an opportunity to look at the bill to see what is in it"- Rep. Bobby Scott
WHILE MUCH CONTROVERSY AROSE OUT OF THE PATRIOT ACT, IT WAS, AT THE TIME OF ITS PASSAGE, A NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE RESPONSE TO NATIONAL CRISIS.
“all records were needed in the event that one day some of them might prove useful in foiling a terrorist plot”
Can expansion of government in response to crisis be prevented?
cases investigated by the Department of Justice
Protecting individual safety at the expense of civil liberty
What do the people want?
FBI can require "production of any tangible things for an investigation to protect against international terrorism"- PATRIOT ACT section 215
When the government expands in times of crisis, these freedoms become the new precedent even in stability
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated" -4th amendment to the US Constitution
Freedom of Speech
Cooperation between criminal and intelligence investigations
Updating legal proceedings to account for technological advances
“Terrorism exceeds the scope of domestic legal systems” because “the nature of terrorist crimes is…so gruesome and invasive”-Global Terrorist analyst Andrew Marjoran
Bush's approval ratings soared to 90% post 9-11
PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT