Generally referred to as the Patriot Act, it was signed into law with little debate or congress review only 43 days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In the wake of the tragedy, it seemed to only make sense for sweeping policy changes to be put into effect to help fight the War on Terror.
The American public felt that we were at risk, and our primary concern was feeling safe. In the years that followed, however, we began to question whether the Patriot Act provided too much government interference with too few checks and balances.
Here we will examine the pros and cons of both the original Patriot Act and the new version that took its place in 2006.
Advantages of the Patriot Act