- P. Williams writes in her essay, that the war on terror is a new type of a war. What’s new about it, how is it different from traditional wars?
The war on terror is a different type of war because it is a war grounded only in our fears rather than reality. Thus it is possible to find fault or an enemy in anyone who we see as playing into our fears; they are the enemy not because they wish us malice, but because our fears overpower our reason. We also begin to dehumanize each other even more when we indulge our fears, which makes this kind of warfare more personal and even more dangerous.
- In what ways does the “Roving Wiretaps” of the Patriot Act seem to violate the Bill of Rights? Which amendment(s) does it seem to violate and why?
The roving wiretaps seem in contradiction to the first amendment, which protects freedom of speech, even when it is speech critical of the government. The roving wiretaps allow for anonymous surveillance, and encourage retribution against those who are found to be “a threat” to the government, even though speech critical of the government is protected.
- What about “Sneak and Peek” Warrants?
“Sneak and Peek” warrants violate the fourth amendment, which says that people are free from unlawful search without reasonable suspicion. These warrants allow the government to provide reasonable suspicion after the fact, which is unjust and a direct violation to the bill of rights. The idea behind these warrants is that they prevent people from compromising legitimate searches, but in reality, people are pursued without reasonable suspicion, and have been arrested because of minor crimes of which there was no previous suspicion.