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usa patriot act

USA Patriot Act

Antonio Lopez

Senior Seminar

history of the usa patriot act
History of the USA Patriot Act
  • Signed into law on October 26, 2001.
  • Passed in response to 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001

current state of usa patriot act
Current State of USA Patriot Act
  • Extension was passed in May.
  • Controversy continues.
  • Polls taken on Feb. 26, 2010 partisan split.
    • 56% think it’s affecting their liberties.

opposing view points
Opposing View Points

For USA Patriot Act

Against USA Patriot Act

  • Already helped prevent attacks.
  • Drug smuggling & racketeering reduced.
  • No overt abuse yet, and checks and balances keep us safe.
  • Violation of Constitutional rights.
  • Potential for abuse.
  • Targeting moderate Muslims.
clear partisan lines
Clear Partisan Lines…
  • Majority of GOP members say yes.
    • Recent drops in GOP support.
  • Majority of Democrats say no.
    • Many democrats voted against the extension.

obama s view
Obama’s View

* In 2006 he argued that the act had good intentions but needed revisions.

  • He hasn’t made many statements on the issue however he is in favor of the act.
  • But you already knew that, because he signed it into law on May 26, 2011.

on the issue ron paul
On The Issue: Ron Paul
  • Against the extension.
  • Dislikes the power given to the government.
  • Thinks the act is futile.

on the issue michele bachmann
On The Issue: Michele Bachmann
  • Bachmann voted for the reauthorization of the Patriot Act.
    • Bachmann supporters pushed for a rejection.
  • Stated that it was an appropriate measure to secure information.

on the issue rick santorum
On The Issue: Rick Santorum
  • Voted for the extension of Patriot Act.
    • Did this despite his followers dislike of the violation of basic liberties.