USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

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Thomas Smith, Ph.D.

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Judithanne Scourdfield McLauchlan, Ph.D.


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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September 11, 2001 was truly a historical day, not only for the United States, but also for all nations of the world. The terrorist attacks of that day dramatically changed the concept of domestic security in the United States. As in times of crisis before, civil liberties have become a target. Therein begins a balancing act between civil liberties and national security. The Bush Administration has shown in the time passed since the attack, that the balance is more one-sided: security measures above anything else. Just six weeks after the September 11th terrorist attack, Congress passed the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, better known as the USA PATRIOT Act, Pub. L. No. 107-56, 115 Stat. 272.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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