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The Patriot Act: Security vs. Liberty

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Your assignment is to research and analyze the Patriot Act and other restrictive measures and provisions.

Write a paper analyzing the Patriot Act, while considering the issue of security versus liberty. In your paper, respond to the following questions:
What is the background of liberty traditions in the United States?
Does this act pose a threat to these traditions? Why or why not?
What are the arguments for and against the Patriot Act? Who is making these arguments?
What role do the media play in influencing public support for enactments such as the Patriot act?
Which policy analysis model would best evaluate the Patriot Act and why?

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Submit your response in approximately 350-500 words in a Word document.

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A View of the USA Patriot Act

The USA Patriot Act is exercised by the Department of Homeland Security, which itself was enacted in 2002 as a post-reaction to the damage and ensuing threat the terrorism is/was to the security of the American nation. The USA Patriot Act is controversial because it sets aside enacted local, state and federal laws as long as threat can be judged to be imminent. The purpose is to cut red tape and to put together all American resources and ensure inter-agency cooperation to identify the threat early on and mitigate it for the purpose of constant vigilance - the act was signed to bill under then US. Pres. George Bush so that there will be no other 9-11 at the very least, on American soil. The problem for Libertarians is that the USA PATRIOT ACT crosses some essential lines in relation to the meaning of American freedom and ...

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