U.S. Patriot Act
In response to the September 11th, 2001 Terrorist Attacks
Recognizing the Problem
The 9/11 attack was possibly the most devastating attacks on American soil we’ve ever seen. In order to stop future travesty, the government had to come up with a new, more strict, policy to fight against terrorism. Its imperative for our Intelligence agencies to have the tools they need to intercept future attacks. The Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (PATRIOT Act), signed into law on October 26, was in response to the 9/11 Attacks. The Patriot act focuses mainly on reinforcing the arsenal of tools available to the CIA, the FBI, and federal prosecutors for identifying and disabling terrorist networks operating both within and outside the United States. Originally, the US immigration policy was responsible for preventing terrorists from entering the country and causing damage. The CIA and FBI both agreed that it was not enough. They needed more power and less surveillance restrictions in order to adequately protect the citizens. Its easy for government to recognize this problem because it was staring them directly in the eyes in the form of two giant flaming buildings.
Formulating the Policy
Adopting the Policy
Implementing the Policy
Evaluating the Policy
Three alleged terrorist plots have been foiled in recent weeks in three U.S. cities: Dallas, New York and Springfield, Ill. Authorities have stopped at least 26 others since Sept. 11, 2001. In previous years, terrorists had been able to freely go about their business without much pressure from the federal government. The law works. It's tough to argue with results, especially when American lives are at stake. Unfortunately, the Obama administration has been cool to the idea of repealing the Patriot Act even though it has been proven to work better than all other acts. It is clear that the Patriot Act has proven its effectiveness. Protesters want to repeal the patriot act because they believe it trespasses on their freedoms the Bill of Rights lays out.
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