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“SUFFERABLE ” OR SATISFICING? HARD POLICY CHOICES WITHIN THE USA PATRIOT ACT OF 2001

By Breena E. Coates and Ph. D

Abstract

The USA Patriot Act (2001) has the laudable mission of providing national security and stability. Yet many see this hastily crafted legislation as raining down collateral damage upon individual rights that are protected by the 1 st, 4 th, 5 th, 6 th and 14 th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. It has also been seen as providing for expansion of executive power, and a broader authority for the federal government. Those that argue in its favor claim that the government was confronted with the quandary known as the lesser-of-evils—i.e., given policy choices where no alternative is optimum, it satisficed by choosing the least evil to preserve the national welfare. The policy outcomes so far reveal that people got a policy that was at best not even satisficing but merely sufferable. The paper discusses the implications of the USAPA. Many social dilemmas, such as abortion, euthanasia, gun control

Year: 2011
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