Suspension of Civil Liberties in the U.S.


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Suspension of Civil Liberties in the U.S.
The United States has been in a security crisis since September 11, 2001. Immediately following the terrorist attacks in which al
operatives hijacked four commercial passenger planes, crashed two into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and the fourth into a rural Pennsylvania field. Everyone on board the planes and thousands of people on the ground were killed. The Bush administration announced its “War on Terror” and immediately seized the opportunity to push the Patriot Act through Congress. The Patriot Act granted the executive branch broad, largely unchecked, emergency powers and eroded the Constitutionally-guaranteed rights of U.S. citizens. In addition, subsequent riffs on...
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.....easures. However, government needs to have a good reason for depriving individuals of their liberty and consider that security cannot sacrifice the values on which this country was founded.
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