The Patriot Act: Protection or Provocation? Term Paper by Nicky

The Patriot Act: Protection or Provocation?
A look at the American public's opposition to the Patriot Act of 2001.
# 147915 | 931 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 10, 2011 in Political Science (U.S.) , Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Law (General)

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The paper outlines the main tenets of the Patriot Act and how it made serious changes to the nature of civilian rights within the United States. The paper discusses how many citizens believe the Patriot Act to be a direct infringement on the civil liberties of American citizens, while others state that the provisions within the act itself are overly broad and therefore dangerous. The paper then relates that as the Bush administration continued to blatantly disregard civil liberties in the United States, the controversy that centered around the Patriot Act began to settle on the administration itself, and the American people made a drastic and historic event with the election of Barack Obama.

From the Paper:

"This powerful and controversial act came into play within the scope of American politics directly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. After the nation as stunned and mortified by the acts of terrorism conducted by Bin Laden's Al Queda in New York, many citizens demanded stricter government provisions which would further protect them from foreign dangerous nationalists just waiting for their own chance to strike on the American homeland. In response, Congress drafted and passed the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was written in 2001 directly after the terrorist attacks in September of that year and was enacted by the 107th Congress (Public Law 107-56 2001). It was passed almost unanimously, winning by a large margin in both houses of Congress in 2001."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Civil Liberties Union. (2003). USA Patriot Act. Retrieved April 11 2009 from
  • Public Law 107-56. (2001). Uniting and strengthening American by providing appropriate tools required to intercept and obstruct terrorism (USA Patriot Act) act of 2001. 107th Congress. Retrieved April 11, 2009 from bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=107_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ056.107.
  • Lithwick, Dhalia. (2003). A guide to the Patriot Act, part 1. Slate. Retrieved April 11, 2009 from

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