America's Descent Towards Fascism Through Legislation That Attacks Civil Liberteies, Such As The Patriot Act

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My fellow Americans, lend me your ears. All around you is our omnipresent, leader, guide, shepherd and keeper, Big Government. Under the auspices of rooting out terrorism, the United States government has passed into law the USA/Patriot Act, which is the first step in ultimately alienating our god-given inalienable rights. Jefferson is rolling over in his grave.The USA/Patriot Act, an acronym for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism, is 362 pages of hastily written imperialistic legislation. It was passed overwhelmingly, 98-1 in the Senate and 362-43 in the House. Sadly, according to several key Senator's aides as ...view middle of the document...

No subpoena is ever issued, no warrant is ever served, but yet all evidence found in such a search is admissible in a federal court.The Patriot Act does not stop there in limiting our privacy. Internet service providers can now be forced to turn over information regarding what sites any individual has visited. We are no longer anonymous on the web and worse yet, no one can feel free to learn from it without fear of persecution.Wiretaps no longer require warrants, but this is nothing new, if one can recall the FBI's close watch on Martin Luther King Jr. Any federal officer can now listen to any conversation--from how Aunt Ethel is doing, to when Jimmy needs a ride back from practice--simply by saying that there is reason of suspicion. It seems as though our right to be secure in our person--a right granted to us in the fourth amendment--has all but ceased to exist.Supporters of the Patriot Act trying to justify this type of legislation have been apt lately to state that unless you have something to hide, why not protect yourself from the terrorist threat? Anyone critical of such anti-terror practices has now been branded as supporting the terrorists themselves. This is clearing the way for an Orwellian vision of America--thoughtcriminals beware.The Homeland Security Act, another bill toting patriotism, threatens our freedom to an even greater extent. A national database of student, police, FBI, CIA, and Secret Service records is to be stored so that all information regarding a person's life, from what websites they visit to their favorite food their daily routine--all without their knowledge. All that is needed for this information to be gathered are, again, those wonderful little words, reason of suspicion.George Orwell, one of the greatest authors of the dystopian genre, once said, "If large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them." This is the trend we see happening today as America slips towards friendly fascism. America could reverse this trend quickly, easily, and painlessly--if we, the people, simply wake up. Most Americans are still afraid to board a plane--and most refuse to question laws like that Patriot and Homeland Security Acts for fear of being unpatriotic. Clearly, protecting one's rights is no longer duty to the nation. Freedom of thought, outside the mainstream mass media viewpoint, seems to be something of a rarity now. If this trend...

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