Cure worse than the Disease It all began in 2001, 3 terrorist attacks caused a storm of new legislation and government power. The public demanded that terrorism be wiped out by any means necessary. The American government used terrorism to bring more power to the federal government. The mass media helped fuel the fire by burning the images of September 11 into everyone's eyes. They played the same tape over and over until the tapes disintegrated. With George Bush having a 99% success rating he was able to pass anything he wanted.
The signing of the Patriot Act in October, 2001 was the first blow to tear apart the Constitution. The act was named the Patriot Act on purpose so that it would be passed unanimously; anyone who was against was considered an enemy of the United States. If the act was called "Taking your Civil Rights away" it would have never seen the light of day.
The highest echelons of the American government seemed happy to take advantage of the situation while the public was obsessed with destroying international terrorism.
There were some congressmen who did not back the bill, but did not speak up for fear they would be labeled not patriotic. The power of the Patriot act is that it gave the FBI, NSA and the CIA unlimited power and jurisdiction over the American public. All of the checks and balances put into place to stop the misuse of surveillance power were done away with. With the Patriot Act signed into law by President Bush, let the American government eavesdrop on your phone, fax, or computer. They could watch you 24 hours a day seven days a week by a network of satellites able to read the print of a newspaper from space. With all this new...