Is the USA Patriot Act Constitutional? Argumentative Essay by ajp15310

Is the USA Patriot Act Constitutional?
A paper that questions the legality of the USA Patriot Act.
# 119357 | 1,265 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 22, 2010 in Political Science (U.S.) , Political Science (Terrorism) , Law (General)

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The paper describes how the Patriot Act was passed and asserts that with less than 30 days to consider one of the most sweeping security reforms ever proposed in the US Congress, there may have been lack of proper consideration. The paper goes on to argue that the boundaries of freedom and security have been blurred, and focuses on three particular provisions of the Act that are of questionable constitutionality. The paper strongly believes that for such a wide-ranging piece of federal legislation, there should have been more of a discussion about the impact on civil liberties.

From the Paper:

"On September 11th, 2001, four planes were hi-jacked, 2,976 human lives were taken and the world changed in the worst terrorist attack in American history. The word "terrorist" arouses a sense of patriotism, a need for security, a fear of the unknown and a general unease. Webster's Dictionary defines terrorism as mass-organized ruthlessness (323). The perpetrators of the September 11th attacks were "terrorists;" and, since that fateful September, "terrorist" and "enemy combatant" have been terms used to pass controversial measures to combat these perpetrators. In the immediate aftermath of September 11th, the USA Patriot Act, Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, was passed with only one Senator opposing it. The ability of the federal government to examine American citizens' library records, phone records, internet records or any other records were greatly increased by the Patriot Act (USA Patriot Act 2010)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Feingold, Russ. "Statement Of U.S Senator Russ Feingold On The Anti-Terrorism Bill From The Senate Floor" October 25, 2001. Russ Feingold United States Senator Speech. <>.
  • "HR3162" THOMAS. 2001. Library of Congress. Web. 14 March 2010. <>.
  • Kranich, Nancy. "The Impact of the USA PATRIOT ACT: An Update". The Free Expression Policy Project. October 2, 2009. <>.
  • Mayfield v. United States, 504 F. Supp. 2d 1023 (2007).
  • "Obama signs one-year extension of Patriot Act, the nation's main counterterrorism law". Associated Press. 27 February 2010. Web. <>

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