Abolish "Patriot act"
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I will argue that we should abolish "Patriot act".
I accept. Please post your argument
Government may be able to protect citizens from other oppressors, but it is currently worst oppressor of the American people.
Access to e-mails and tapping phone calls is impermissible irreverence of people's privacy.
Another issue I would like to address is presumption of innocence. "Patriot act" is enabling breaking into people's houses and detaining suspects without court's warrant.
I would like to add some quotes which support my views:
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
"Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; In its worst state an intolerable one" - Thomas Paine
Flipz forfeited this round.
While I understand Pro"s concerns for privacy, sacrificing this soft freedom helps combat domestic threats. The impulse for survival should strongly outweigh a value whose worth cannot be measured, a freedom only weighed through a subjective viewpoint. This small encroachment into freedom hardly seems worthy of the label "oppression," as Pro dictates. Moreover, the PATRIOT Act has elaborate safeguards, and while warrantless wiretaps are allowed, a judge must still give approval.
Also, abolishing the PATRIOT Act will not end the ability to detain American citizens without a warrant. National Defense Authorization Act, not the PATRIOT Act, enables the indefinite detention of US citizens.
I invite Pro to give his rebuttal in the comments.
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Vote Placed by bladerunner060 2 years ago
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