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“Obama Says It’s Important That Marijuana Legalization Move Forward”

· A short clip by MSNBC about drug use, legalization, and the possible consequences.


B. Homeland Security and Individual Rights

1. Counterterrorism and Civil Liberties

a. Patriot Act

i. Was passed 6 weeks after the 9/11terrorist attacks and reauthorized in 2009

ii. An expansion of the definition of what it means to “engage in terrorist activity.

iii. Greater leeway for law enforcement agents to track Internet use, access private financial records, and wiretap those suspected of terrorist activity.

iv. A reduction in the amount of evidence that law enforcement agents need to gather before taking a terrorist suspect into custody.

2. Homeland Security and Civil Liberties

a. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees “freedom of speech.”

b. The Fourth Amendment protects against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”

c. The Sixth Amendment guarantees a trial by jury to a person accused of a crime.

3. Domestic Terrorism

a. Within the US with little or no help from international terrorists

b. Terrorists are often alienated individuals

c. Often involves outrage about American military excursions against Muslims in the Middle East

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