Week 12 Concept Definition

First Amendment Rights: 2001 U.S. Patriot Act

The Patriot Act was a direct and sudden response to the terrorist attacks on the US in 2001.  It was a very fast process during which the act was written and passed as law.  Because of this hast many people feel that there were many violations of our First Amendment rights as citizens of the US.  Our first amendment rights are guaranteed to us no matter what simply because we are citizens of the US.  This is very important to people because as soon as one of these rights is altered or modified it opens the door to have many more opportunities to limit the right of the citizens of the US.  I found an article discussing how certain parts of the Patriot Act were ruled unconstitutional and I don’t think that they were intentionally put in the act as a way to limit our rights.  I believe that it was simply, in hast of our reaction to the attacks on our country the government put the security of our nation at a higher level than the rights of each individual.  Our first amendment rights are what define us as a country and will continue to be preserved as long as we are the United States of America.

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One thought on “Week 12 Concept Definition

  1. rochellem5 says:

    This is a good explanation of this concept. I do not believe when they were making the Patriot Act that they meant to make a controversial topic out of it, and I do not believe that they were tying to push people away from the first amendment. I believe the act was like you said, to protect America from something that had never happened before and now they have to deal with the repercussions.

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