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How America has changed since 9/11


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Prompt: How America has changed since 9/11

Written By: Kamli Kuddi LOL While Back

The reason the article is short innit, is because Kamli Kuddi had to minimize it down to '250' words..

In the 18 months since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, America has changed. The nation has changed in its culture, in its foreign relations, in its economic condition, and even in its language. However, there is one way it has changed which exceeds all others combined: in its fundamental laws.

On October 26, 2001, just weeks after that horrifying Tuesday morning, President George W. Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law. It is a huge piece of legislation, in more than just word length - it is the single most powerful piece of Federal law ever passed in the United States. This law completely destroys major sections of the Constitution, most noticeably in the first 10 Amendments, which collectively are known as the Bill of Rights. These basic statements of principle guarantee that an individual shall have the various freedoms and powers specifically listed, and provides for others not listed. Under the new Act, these freedoms and powers are almost entirely revoked.

For example, the FBI may now listen to any telephone call made by any person any time for any reason, without a warrant or a court order - this is in violation of the 4th Amendment, which says "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects…" Another example: U.S. citizens may now be held in 'detention' for any period of time, without criminal charges being filed against them, and without a trial by jury or even the benefit of a lawyer. These are only two of the most obvious changes. Many others are much smaller, more hidden in legal jargon, and potentially more damaging.

To put it simply: America has changed from a nation of Freedom to a nation of Security - and we would all do well to consider Benjamin Franklin's words: "The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve, nor will he ever receive, either

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Your article reminds me one more word of wisdom from the same person franklin. "If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead & rotten, either write things worth reading, or do the things worth writing". :) Nice article, indeed and you follow his words.

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