The USA Patriot Act

Natalie Ketchum

Recognizing the Problem

The patriot act was created in order to protect u.s. citizens from terrorist attacks. On September 11th, 2001 the Al-Qaeda, lead by Osama Bin Laden, high jacked four airliner planes to be flown into buildings as suicide attacks. This event led many questions as to why the terrorist were able to do such a thing, and how were we so defenseless against this terrible attack?

Formulating the policy

This event lead to congress to simply take preexisting legal principles and retrofit them to preserve the lives and liberty of the American people from the challenges posed by a global terrorist network. Jim Sensenbrenner is the primary author of the patriot act which he introduced to the House of Representatives in 2001.
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Jim Sensenbrenner

Adopting the Policy

The Patriot Act was sent to president George W. Bush, in Washington D.C. He then signed, making it into a law. The law allowed law enforcement to receive warrants more quickly than before, against potential terrorists. It also allowed Intelligence agencies more freedom to wiretap, use drones, and hack enemy computers.

Implementing the Policy

The Patriot Act has helped law enforcement officials apprehend hundreds of suspects, and it isn't just one provision of the act that has proved useful. For instance, the surveillance provision was used successfully in the Portland Seven investigation, which may well have prevented an attack on synagogues and Jewish schools. And while new information is still coming to light about the three recent alleged plots, it is very likely that Patriot Act provisions played major roles stopping at least one of the plans.

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Evaluating the Policy

It is believed that the Patriot act has been abused, that it does not have checks and balances to keep it under control, and that there needs to be serious reform. In order for this law to work the way it was intended to, reform must be implemented in many different areas of the Patriot act.
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