Knowing the effects of the USA Patriot Act on the American society
American laws against terrorism
After the September 11 horrendous events, the face of terrorism changed from bad to worst. Terrorism, as we have known before that day, was a distant concept that usually happens in the Arab states. Little did we know that it has come to America's doorsteps, and immediately wreaked havoc, chaos and deaths to countless Americans. The specter of terrorism has haunted the United States of America's consciousness ever since, calling for measures to prevent this event from happening again; measures that directly and indirectly curtailed certain civil liberties.
The threat of terrorism comes in varied kinds and forms, but not all of them warrant a curtailment of constitutionally given civil rights. Under the guise of war on terrorism, the USA Patriot Act was enacted. Little do the citizens know that this law could infringe basic civil rights. It is said the USA Patriot Act expands terrorism laws to include 'domestic terrorism' which could subject political organizations to surveillance, wiretapping, harassment, and criminal action for political advocacy. This gives law enforcement agencies the power to conduct unauthorized searches and arrests without due process under the pretext that these actions are meant to curb the threat of terrorism.
The funds meant for education and support for the citizens' needs, such as food and medicine, are diverted for additional military spending. The irony in it is that the US government continues to spend for its security, but the citizens suffer, at the same time, because of the scarcity of support provided for the basic necessities of life.
There is no justifiable reason for supporting the "war on terrorism" as long as these preventive measures infringe one's civil rights and liberties. The will of the military is subservient to the will of the people; thus, the threat of terrorism doesn't warrant the curtailment of civil liberties. The right to live takes precedence over the right to be secure; hence, solving the problem on the threat of terrorism is secondary only to the need to solve the American civil society's internal problems.