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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Is government surveillance needed? On September 11th, 2001, Flight 175 was hijackedby al-Qaeda terrorists and crashed into the Twin Towers in NYC. The Patriot Act passed 45 days after 9/11. So what should we do? "No terrorist can take it(our city) from us for so long as we're free. Once we're not free, the terrorists win! Take it back!" (Doctorow 191). Patriot Act authorized National Security Letters(NSLs) which allowed FBI agents to obtain personal information without a judge's approval. So what do people think now? But, Between 2003 and 2005, of the 53 reported criminal referrals the FBImade from 143,074 NSLs, none of them were related to terrorism. Many people are not familiar with the Patriot Act and what it entails. For Example, However, Since 2001, less people believe it is necessary to give up Civil Liberties to curb terrorism. A majority of the people who are familiar with the Patriot Act believes that it goes too far. Pictured above are protestors being arrestedduring the occupy wallstreet debacle. They were being arrested for using their freedom of speech. "National unity? The whole point of America is that we're the country where dissent is welcome. We're a country of dissidents and fighters and university dropouts and free speech people" (Doctorow 210). "So aren't we doing what the terrorists want from us? Don't they win if we act all afraid and put cameras in the classrooms and all of that?" (Doctorow 93). "I don't get it. You're making it sound like the Bill of Rights is optional. It's the Constitution. We're supposed to follow it absolutely" (Doctorow 208). Many consider this a breach of the Bill of Rights People are entitled to their freedoms and in no circumstance should they be taken away, however We should repeal the Patriot Act, since it doesn't help prevent terrorism and takes away standard rights
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