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					           The Patriot Act
• After 9/11 Attorney General John Ashcroft
  recommended a series of laws to fight
  terrorism.
• George Bush signed this Act into law in
  Oct. 2001 calling the act, “a new tool to
  fight the present danger.”
• Bush updates law,
  March, 2006.
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The Patriot Act define" domestic
  terrorism” as activities intended to:
  1) Intimidate or coerce the population
  2) Influence the policy of government
  3) To affect the conduct of a government by
     mass destruction, assassination or
     kidnapping.
    •   The Patriot Act now authorizes “search” orders of
        any U.S. citizen who the FBI believes may be
        involved in terrorist activities.




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     Controversial Discussion
Discuss in a small group whether your group
  chooses to support or oppose the
  following sections of the Patriot Act.

• Section 213: “sneak and peak searches”
  The FBI has the right to search a citizens
  home or business in secret without
  informing the individual.

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• Section 215-217:
  Allows the FBI to search documents,
  computers, e-mail, medical records,
  internet records, university records, library
  records, or force an individual to turn over
  “any tangible things”.

  The FBI does not need to show probable
  cause to enforce the Patriot Act.

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What does the following quote mean and do
 you agree with them?

  – “Those who would give up essential liberty to
    purchase a little temporary safety deserve
    neither liberty nor safety”
                               - Ben Franklin


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Patriot Act Political Cartoons




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Patriot Act Political Cartoons




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Patriot Act Political Cartoons




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Patriot Act Political Cartoons




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• “There is danger that, if the Supreme
  Court does not temper its doctrinaire logic
  with a little practical wisdom, it will convert
  the constitutional Bill of Rights into a
  suicide pact.”
            -Justice Robert H. Jackson (1949)



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