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The new programs implemented by President Bush in order to protect Americans and discourage terrorist behavior have made evident the similarities between modern American society and Orwellian socialism as described in 1984 The Patriot Act has been the most significant of these post-911 measures Americans fear of economic decline and terrorist activity has allowed the government nearly free reign to disrupt the delicate system of checks and balances expand their powers of surveillance and to declare war With the swift enactment of the Patriot Act the government took the first significant step towards an Orwellian society On October 6th 2001 assistant Attorney General Viet Dinh proposed an act that would make sweeping changes to over 15 different statutes EFF1 allow for an extreme expansion of surveillance of the American public ACLU 3 increase the authority of the executive branch Herman 4 and a grant of never before seen war powers Originally many congressmen were weary of such a bill but after Attorney General Ashcroft warned that terrorist attacks are imminent and that Congress would be blamed if the bill was not passed immediately the bill was passed within a week Center for National Security Studies 2 By the 12th of October both houses of Congress had passed nearly identical unchanged versions of the bill Bush maintains however that the programs were based on the latest intelligence and how best to protect our country Gerstenzang A3While Savage claims that The Acts objective is to lower the wall between intelligence gathering and criminal investigations Savage A16 the EFF disagrees saying that there is no evidence that our previous civil liberties posed barrier to effective tracking or prosecution of terrorists EFF 2 The Patriot Act like 1984s MiniTrue has a name designed to gloss over the projects true meaning In 1984 MiniTrues objective is ironically to conceal the truth replacing news stories with ones more positive to the party Orwell 128 They take no concern to cover-up their
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