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The Patriot Act in Post-9/11 American Society

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It is evidently clear from the discussion that prior to the Patriot Act being instituted as a knee-jerk reaction to the events of September 11, the United States had enjoyed a relatively liberal interpretation of the law with respect to privacy, level of surveillance, and the immediacy of the threat of warrantless wiretaps and surveillance by law enforcement entities.   However, once the changes put forward by the Patriot Act came into place, this level of freedom from warrantless wire-tapping and communication interceptions of other varieties was no longer a determinant right of the United States citizen.   In this way, the Patriot Act has served to redefine the level of civil liberties that an individual previously enjoyed as a function of the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution.   It is important to note that although the Patriot Act has effectively constricted many previously enjoyed rights that have been subsequently renamed and re-categorized as a function of the US Patriot Act.   This overarching legislation has dealt with an array of changes that the US economic, criminal justice, and intelligence systems work together and gather and disseminate information among their respective entities as a function of seeking to avert terrorist actions within the United States.

According to the research findings, it can, therefore, be said that prior to the United States Patriot Act (and Title II Section 201), it was a legal requirement for probable cause to be determined so that the requisite entities could acquire a search warrant to perform an analysis of the behavior of the suspect with regards to their web browsing history, cell phone usage, social media actions, or financial history.   This barrier to law enforcement literally flooding the system with a host of requests had ensured a reasonable balance between the privacy of the citizen and the prosecutor efforts of law enforcement and the state.  

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