The Unknown Threat

Unknown threats are made all the more dangerous through their anonymous, unspecified nature. Lack of intelligence information prevents proper preparation to safeguard ourselves against these threats, which leaves us vulnerable to attacks. On October 26, 2001, President George W. Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act (known simply as the Patriot Act) into law as a response to the attacks of September 11th. This act allowed the federal government to track and intercept communications in order to gather both foreign and domestic intelligence that could help to minimize unknown threats, including threats from terrorist organizations that are operating right here on American soil. In 2015 certain provisions of the Patriot Act expired. On June 2, 2015, the USA FREEDOM Act was introduced to replace some of these expired provisions with newer, modified versions that are more restrictive on the government’s surveillance capabilities. The Preamble of the Constitution states that part of its purpose is to “provide for the common defense” of the United States and her people. In fact, national security is the only governmental responsibility that was made absolutely mandatory by the Constitution. Unfortunately, it’s impossible for any government to provide guaranteed security against all threats. Terrorist groups manipulate the civil liberties granted to us by the Bill of Rights, staging their attacks from behind the protections offered by the Constitution. Security is not a federal guarantee against all threats, risks, or dangers, but it is a commitment of our government to protect our freedoms.

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