Week 12 Concept Definition

Heath Nicholson

First Amendment Rights: 2001 U.S. Patriot Act

The Patriot Act was created and spurred just over a month after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In a general sense, this act allows the United States government to delve much deeper than it previously could into our personal privacy in order to combat terrorism. While we might feel violated in some ways be the Patriot Act, many feel that it is quite necessary for the security of our country. But, is it constitutional? According the Supreme Court, most of it is. In an article I found on NBCNews.com part of the Patriot Act was deemed unconstitutional because it discards the need for probable cause when issuing search warrants. However, the remainder of the Patriot Act was extended until 2015 by President Obama.

I found something really interesting about the Patriot Act, formally known as the USA PATRIOT Act – you guys might have stumbled upon this if you used Wikipedia while researching. This stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. I just thought that was pretty cool!

Article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20999950/ns/us_news-security/t/judge-rules-part-patriot-act-unconstitutional



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