Individual Privacy vs National Security

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Individual Privacy vs. National Security
Anthony Sifuentes
ENG 122 English Composition II
Instructor vonFrohling
February 13, 2012

Individual Privacy vs. National Security The need to protect National Security is far more important than individual privacy. The greatest part of living in the United States of America is the freedom that we have. That freedom and the right to live freely is protected by various government agencies. From time to time, the privacy a person has may have to be invaded to guarantee the security of the country and other citizens. Everyone has the right to not have their life controlled by the government, but it has the right to make sure that citizens are not doing anything to threaten the security of
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Regardless of our personal feelings about what happened that day, the simple fact is that National Security was extremely lacking at that time. Those attacks were planned years in advance, they were not spur of the moment acts. The reason the terrorists were able to get control of the airplanes was due to poor security checks in the airport. Since then, the laws regarding how people are searched at the airport have been changed, what is allowed on airplanes has been changed, and enforcement of these laws have changed. Searches are more thorough, take longer time, and can sometimes be an inconvenience. Transportation Security Agency (TSA) website clearly outlines the laws about what can and cannot be taken through the security checkpoints. Just a month after the terrorist attacks on September 11, the Patriot Act was signed into action by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. The Patriot Act is short for the USA PATRIOT ACT, a ten letter acronym for: The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. The purpose of the USA PATRIOT Act is to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and other purposes. (http://www.fincen.gov/statutes_regs/patriot/index.html) The Patriot Act is designed to protect the country from terrorist attacks

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