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The PATRIOT Act Taking Law Too Far Martin Luther King Jr describes an unjust law as a code that a numerical power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself While this definition is absolutely true and was very relevant in Kings time the relevancy has decreased recently due to desegregation and civil rights These days however we have a different kind of law that takes away from our freedoms and liberties and does not discriminate by color This type of law is a law that no one can avoid and very few people can change This type of law was pushed into the books by both a great mistake and a great lie Its a law that unbalances the government powers established by our founders the checks and balances and allows the government to take power away from the people This is the most hated type of law which I tenderly call a dictatorship act The primary example of this law of course is the PATRIOT act The USA PATRIOT Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism act of 2001 was pushed through Congress by the Bush administration shortly after September 11 The terrorist attacks that occurred on this day as Jon Alexander put it made everyone a New Yorker for that day With this mentality in mind Congress eagerly signed something that they thought would allow the US to monitor suspected terrorists and stop them before another attack However it does not define what a suspected terrorist is or how the government may go about suspecting someone of terrorism This allows the government a nice little hole they can use these laws on any American The US Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism as the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government the civilian population or any segment thereof
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