The USA PATRIOT Act: Should it be abolished?

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Shortly after the horrific September 11th attacks on our homeland, President George W. Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law. While I am strongly opposed to this law, one would have a difficult time finding blame on the president for signing it at that time. Everyone was horrified about the attacks at that time, which lead the president to be under heavy pressure from both sides of the aisle. While I do not blame the President for signing it into law, the fact that the PATRIOT Act is still in today, however, is ridiculous.
Now, there are many details about this law that I could delve into, but I’ll cut to the chase: the PATRIOT Act was supposed to protect us, the American people, against terrorists by storing the records of citizens to find which one might be planning a terrorist attack. It is now known to be a violation of our Fourth Amendment rights guaranteed under the Constitution. Essentially, the PATRIOT Act makes it acceptable for the government to collect all Americans’ personal data on their phones, computers, etc. It was admitted by the FBI that the PATRIOT Act hasn’t stopped one terrorist attack since 9/11.
Supporters of the PATRIOT Act claim it will help the government catch potential terrorists. Opponent of the PATRIOT Act say that it is a violation of our freedom and the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Dr. Rand Paul (R-KY), who is also a presidential candidate, is the most well-known opponent of this law. In fact, Senator Paul filibustered against it on the Senate floor for ten hours. He says that the real, constitutional way to catch terrorists is to get a warrant that clearly shows probable cause to keep the data. Maybe we would catch more terrorists if we focused more on them, rather than the American people. As you may see, I agree with Dr. Rand Paul. It is possible to catch the enemy of the United State without taking the personal — and private — data of the American people.
There is a constitutional way to solve everything. This nation’s Founding Fathers never intended for the government to distrust the people; rather, they intended for the people to distrust the government. Maybe if the government had more trust in us, we would have more trust in them.
Unfortunately, many in the government don’t seem to understand that point. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Anyone willing to give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
So, after hearing these points, whose side are you on?

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