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DHS & the Patriot Act
CJ-355- Homeland Security
Professor Anderson
By Jimmy Ortega

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks led to the forming of the Department of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act, which was a law passed just six weeks after the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were hit. This Act was passed by the Senate the by a vote of 98-1(Sensenbrenner, 2001). The Bush Administration considered this Act a form of "anti-terrorism weapon." It’s sad that it took our country to experience such a tragic act of terror to do something about our nation’s security. However, with everything that the Bush administration tried to do to help secure and tighten up our nation’s security while critics consider this Act unconstitutional and a violation of our rights. In addition, some felt that their privacy was being invaded and soon coming to an end. But also many others like me consider this Act reasonable due to the safety it would bring the citizens because many lives are threatened here in America. This paper will scrutinize and focus on the positive as well as some of the negative arguments that have been brought up when analyzing the Patriot Act. The Patriot Acts goals are to strengthen domestic security and broaden the powers of law-enforcement agencies with regards to identifying and stopping terrorists (Doyle, 2002) and enforced by the Department of Homeland Security. The Act also gives federal officials greater authority to track and intercept communications, both for law enforcement and foreign intelligence gathering purposes. People who support these laws believe that The Act has been extremely useful and has led to many arrests on terrorists. A very important situation that was target was the closure of our borders to foreign terrorists and to detain and remove those within our borders. For example, the United States and Mexico border…...

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