Week Seven Discussion

The Patriot Act: Key Controversies The Patriot Act of 2001 was signed into law by former President George W. Bush to bolster national security after the tragic event of 9/11. The Patriot Act is a short name for The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act. "Among other things, the Act enhances domestic security procedures, including increasing funding for law enforcement agencies and the military, enhances law enforcement's surveillance capabilities, including foreign and domestic phone, wire, and computer tapping, removes obstacles to investigating terrorism, including easing interagency communication and encouraging information sharing, increases the penalties for acts of terrorism and expands the list of activities considered to be acts of terrorism." (LII, 2023) The assigned reading The Patriot Act: Key Controversies by Larry Abramson and Maria Godoy highlight the most controversial provisions that were made to this law. The controversies were information sharing, roving wiretaps, access to records, foreign intelligence wiretaps and searches, "sneak & peek" warrants, material support. These controversies restricted American citizens from their rights to privacy. Many of these laws are abused by police officers which are the reason for controversial opinions, but many of these helped to capture foreign adversaries tied to terrorist organizations and 9/11. The Law of Armed Conflict, The Use of Military Force, and The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force This reading of The Law of Armed Conflict, The Use of Military Force, and The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force is a hearing before the committee on Armed Services United States Senate regarding Congress enacting a joint resolution authorizing the President to, ''Use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.'' The committee is gathering evidence regarding whether or not the use of military force is required in places that are no longer housing Al-Qaeda affiliates rather than towards terrorist groups that are completely separate from Al-Qaeda. The main argument of this hearing is the use of military force constitutionally sound after the war on Osama Bin Laden and their terrorist organization is some what been targeted and killed. Abramson, L., & Godoy, M. (2006, February 14). The Patriot Act: Key Controversies . NPR. https://legacy.npr.org/news/specials/patriotact/patriotactprovisions.html Legal Information Institute. (n.d.). Patriot act . Legal Information Institute. https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/patriot_act U.S. Government. (2013, May 16). The law of armed conflict, the use of military force, and the 2001 ... govinfo. https://www.congress.gov/113/chrg/CHRG-113shrg88026/CHRG- 113shrg88026.pdf
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