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Introductory Essay

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A LOOK AT THE CURRENT STATE OF CONTROVERSY ON CIVIL LIBERTIES IN U. S. DEMOCRACY

Abstract

Shortly after the attacks of September 11, Congress passed the Patriot Act (2001) without any debates or discussions regarding its effects. This complex legislation was passed without clear and calm understanding about the manner in which this document would shape our nation and our liberties. It is unfortunate that a gulf continues to exist between those who know about the effects of the Patriot Act and those who do not. This paper is not intended to explain the entire Patriot Act. It is a subjective piece meant to highlight only a few of the ways that the Patriot Act has fundamentally reduced our civil liberties, and in doing so encouraged racial profiling and hate crimes. We will show how these trends are particularly destructive to school and university environments. If this paper is successful in its intent, you may share our belief that only by standing up for our rights will they continue to live on.

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