An Analysis of: "Civil Liberties and the War on Terror" Book Review

A critical approach to the USA Patriot Act, primarily supported by the article: "Civil Liberties and the War on Terror" by Matthew Robinson.
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Published on Apr 09, 2012 in Law (Constitution) , Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Political Science (Terrorism)

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This paper examines how in the article "Civil Liberties and the War on Terror" Dr. Matthew Robinson outlines the general aspects of the USA Patriot Act and uses numerous examples from the press in addition to experts' opinions in order to display the ways in which this law violates fundamental aspects of the U.S. Constitution. Additionally, the paper also discusses how the author includes counterarguments put forth by the Department of Justice and the former attorney general John Ashcroft. The paper also looks at how through the mentioned examples and logical arguments, Dr. Robinson not only displays that civil liberties which the United States is known for are being violated, but also that the US Federal Government is using the War on Terror as a tool for expanding its power.

From the Paper:

"In addition to not bearing significant results, Dr. Robinson also states that the law unnecessarily infringes upon the rights that Americans enjoy. He also gives the examples of hundreds of towns and seven U.S. states who have passed resolutions in order to demonstrate the opposition which the law has built against the law. The PATRIOT Act allows government agencies to access the personal records of any American as long as the stated purpose is to gather intelligence against terrorist acts. Sources from which this information is collected are not allowed to raise their voices over the type and amount of information given. While it is agreeable that the government should collect intelligence during the process of antiterrorism, the author argues that these powers can be, and are being abused at the hands of the federal government. Additionally, agents are authorized to employ advanced methods of mass electronic surveillance, including the tracking of internet and telephone communications of citizens, without any evidence of criminal or terrorist activity. Under instruction from the Department of Justice, agents are even allowed to enter homes and seize property without the owner being aware. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • - Robinson, Matthew. "Civil Liberties and the War on Terror". Appalachian State University. 03/12/08 <>.
  • - American Civil Liberties Union (2004). Conservative voices against the USA PATRIOT Act. Conservative voices against PATRIOT Act II. Conservative voices defending freedom post September 11.
  • - Bakken, Tim (2004). The PATRIOT Act and Its effects on civil liberties. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. November 2004, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • - Bill of Rights Defense Committee (2005). US Attorney. [On-line]. Available:

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