9/11 caused mass hysteria, the government freaked, their solution: The Patriot Act (9-11). The Patriot Act is built to stop terrorism but who is to say that is what the government will use it for. In Title II, Sec. 201 of the Patriot Act it states "Authority to intercept wire, oral, and electronic communications relating to terrorism" but the authorities do not have to get warrants for these tactics, like they did before(USA). Thinking about this is scary because in 1984 the government keeps 24-7 surveillance on its people. As described by Winston "On each landing, opposite the lift shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. Big Brother is Watching You, the caption beneath it ran,"(Orwell 2). That is an uncomfortable similarity between America and Orwell's story of a government gone wrong. Another scary part of the Patriot Act is the very name of Title V: "REMOVING OBSTACLES TO INVESTIGATING TERRORISM" (USA). In sec. 444 of Title V it reads that "anyone above Assistant Attorney General can collect and withhold educational records of a suspect of terrorism", but again, they don’t have to give evidence of why the suspect is a terrorist (USA). The amount of information about a person that the government can know is shown in Little Brother when the DHS is holding Marcus captive,"' Hello, Marcus," Severe Haircut woman said. "We have some questions for you.'" the DHS knows his name because of the Patriot Act (Doctorow 19). A big fright with the Patriot Act is that the sections about how to catch a terrorist are huge but the section on how to help victims of a terrorist attack is only a page long. That does not seem like a good thing because what if there is a terrorist attack that is not stopped by the government's tactics? There would be victims dying and all the government would have to help them is one measly little page. It is hard to imagine that society has learned from Orwell and Doctorow's warnings when they pass legislation such as the Patriot Act
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