The USA Patriot Act of 2001 Argumentative Essay by RobT04

The USA Patriot Act of 2001
Argues in favor of the USA Patriot Act of 2001
# 111502 | 1,750 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2001 | US

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This paper states that the USA Patriot Act of 2001 gives the government broad new powers to protect its citizens and that this idea of protection will keep the law from being misused. The paper specifically looks at issues of immigration, wiretapping, surveillance, secret searches, sharing of information, student privacy and tribunals. The paper make the argument that, since the United States has, historically, curtailed civil liberties in times of crisis, Americans should not be worried during this time of terrorist endangerment.

From the Paper:

"In America today we are seeing a new philosophy emerge. On every news channel, the term "War" is used when describing how we are going to deal with terrorism. The fact is that, in the United States, terrorists are committing crimes from both a criminal an intelligence standpoint. Instead of being spies from any particular state, these people are freelancers. The act of blowing up a building is not only criminal but rather a direct attack on the United States and its people."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Civil Liberties Union. "USA Patriot Act Boosts Government Powers While Cutting Back on Traditional Checks and Balances"
  • Bush, George W. "Detention, Treatment, and Trial of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism".
  • Galvin, Kevin. "Why new law-enforcement powers worry civil libertarians" December 6,2001. The Seattle Times.

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"The USA Patriot Act of 2001" 23 January 2009. Web. 03 June. 2023. <>