The USA Patriot Act was passed on October 26, 2001 as a way to help reduce terrorism in the country. The bill was formally passed when President George W. Bush signed it as a reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attack. The full title is "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001
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As soon as the September 11, 2001 attacks took place, the President Bush administration's main priority became having more strict national security to protect our borders and citizens. Therefore, the Bush administration submitted a draft legislation designed to expand the powers of the government to Congress for the greater good of the country. There were many versions of the bill that were passed through The House and through Senate as well . As soon as the Senate adopted the original version of the bill on October 25, 2001, it was signed by President Bush the next day.
The main purpose of why the USA PATRIOT ACT was passed was in order to increase national security in the United States. The bill was passed as a reaction to the worst terrorist attack the nation has experienced, therefore it was intended to be a strong bill therefore bringing a lot of controversy from the Republican point of view as well as from the Democratic point of view. What this act allows government to do is to seizure any "tangible thing" without warrant if the government has reason to believe it is affiliated with terrorist attacks. Therefore, this bill is expanding the government's power by a long run which many citizens are not comfortable with.
The significance of the USA PATRIOT ACT is that the purpose of this act was to make American citizens feel more safe within their own home and country. However, the opposite occurred because many Americans believe that the only reason as to why the government passed such a bill was to be able to get more information upon them and is only violating their rights as citizen and their right to privacy. Government surveillance was also a big part of the bill that many citizens did not agree with. It has also been argued that this Bill is unconstitutional and should be remove because it violates basic rights such as privacy. This bill is significant because its meant to protect American citizens, however, they just feel more threatened by the government than before.
Yeah I know what you mean. Like if the government were spying on us at all times.
I don't feel like I have privacy with the USA PATRIOT ACT
It authorizes law enforcement agencies to use “roving wiretaps” in which a wiretap authorization attaches to a particular suspect, rather than a particular communication device in national security investigations.
This looks suspicious, I say we tap their phone and filter all their phone calls.