JUS 505 Week 8 Assignment, Patriot Act Essay
Write an essay (750-1,000 words) that describes possible pros and cons of the Patriot Act. Your essay should present the viewpoints held by those in support and in opposition of this legislation. Be sure to do the following in your essay:
- Explain whether the following statement is valid. “The Patriot Act has restricted the rights of individual Americans.” Provide sources to support your claims.
- Explain if security has increased since the enactment of the Patriot Act and if so, has that increased security been worth the cost? Provide examples to support your claims.
- Discuss the economic and constitutional costs impacted by this Act.
JUS 505 Week 8 Discussion 1: Can civil liberties coexist with a perpetually enabled Patriot Act? Explain why or why not. What specific civil liberties are potentially in jeopardy due to the Patriot Act? If you do not feel that any civil liberties are potentially in jeopardy, explain your position and explain why you do not agree with the opposite position.
JUS 505 Week 8 Discussion 2: Discuss McCarthy’s contention that government access of library records under the Patriot Act is a nonissue. Do you believe that government surveillance of library records is a nonissue? Why or why not?