The USA PATRIOT Act is an Act of the U. S. congress that was signed by then president George W. Bush on October 26, 2001 as an effort to increase the national security against terrorism. The act itself was a response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th which has allowed the enforcement agencies to have access to all personal information such a financial, medical, e-mails and telephone records. On May 26, 2011, Congress passed a four-year extension of three expiring Patriot Act provisions without making much-needed changes to the overly broad surveillance bill. The extended provisions are set now set to expire on June 1, 2015.
The title of the act is a ten letter acronym (USA PATRIOT) that stands for: Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. The extended ...view middle of the document...
The increase of national security has affected every person in America including tourists, either domestic flights as international ones, the level of security is really high causing long and unwanted lines in the airports, border lines and exhausting background checks to anyone who might look suspicious, travel to or around America has become a challenged due to all the new security procedures.
With each passing day, public outcry grows over violations of civil liberties under the USA PATRIOT Act. Three states and 149 cities, towns, and counties have passed Civil Liberties Safe Zone resolutions or ordinances to protect the civil liberties of their 17,025,046 residents.
According to Andrew Lightman (Board Favors Anti-Patriot Act Resolution), Newton, Massachusetts, unanimously passed its resolution supporting the U.S. campaign against terrorism, but also voicing a commitment "that the campaign NOT be waged at the expense of essential civil rights and liberties of citizens of this country." For the National Coalition to Repeal the Patriot Act, another citizen action is their work to repeal the Patriot Act, which held independent public hearings in cities around the country in July in order to collect information and testimony about the Act, civil liberties, racial profiling and police brutality.
Different sectors of American society, even at risk of being qualified to foster terrorism; the Patriot Act has been criticized for having suspended according to them the enjoyment of human rights and civil liberties in the United States. At the same time, several court rulings have declared unconstitutional for violating the rights and guarantees of the Constitution of the United States.
However, the government's success in preventing another catastrophic attack on the American homeland since September 11, 2001, would have been much more difficult, if not impossible, without the USA Patriot Act. The authorities Congress provided have substantially enhanced our ability to prevent, investigate, and prosecute acts of terror.