USA Patriot Act of 2001 Cause and Effect Essay

A look at the USA Patriot Act 2001.
# 128422 | 1,076 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 21, 2010 in Law (Civil) , Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11)

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This paper discusses the USA Patriot Act, which was signed after the worst terrorist attack on the USA in September 2001. After giving an explanation of the Act, the paper goes on to list the pros and cons and how it impacts the American citizen.

Advantages and Disadvantages of USA Patriot Act
Implications for Citizens' Privacy Rights in the United States

From the Paper:

"The United States was viciously attacked with malice aforethought by terrorist on September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of what is undoubtedly the worst terrorist attack the United States has faced, Congress acted quickly by enacting ''the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, otherwise known as the USA PATRIOT Act, which was signed into law on October 26, 2001, and Department of Homeland Defense was established'' (Schmalleger, Hall, & Dolatowski, 1999, p. 346).
"The American people voiced his or her support for United States to retaliate against those responsible for the attacks. On October 7, 2001 the United States declared war on terrorism. The main ''purpose of the USA Patriot Act is to deter, and punish terrorist acts in the United States, and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools'' (Schmalleger, Hall, & Dolatowski, 1999, p. 346)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ashcroft, J., (2005) "The Patriot Act Was Necessary" In Louise I. Gerdes Opposing Viewpoints: The Patriot Act Retrieved June 3, 2010
  • Gerdes, Louise, I., (2005) "U.S. Cities Oppose Sections of the Patriot Act" In Opposing Viewpoints: The Patriot Act Retrieved June 3, 2010
  • Ryan, Kevin, V., (2006) "The Patriot Act Does Not Threaten Human Rights" In Tom Head At Issue: What Is the State of Human Rights? Retrieved June 3, 2010
  • Schmalleger, F., Hall, D. E., & Dolatowski, John J., (1999) "Terrorism and Human Trafficking" Criminal Law Today (4th ed.) p 345-346 Retrieved June 3, 2010

Cite this Cause and Effect Essay:

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