Free Speech under Attack
A close examination of U.S. history displays various occurrences of the elimination of basic freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Some people would suggest that such an occurrence is happening with the institution of the USA Patriot Act of 2001. Many believe this act hinders the ability of all Americans to have "free speech," but if this is true it would not be the first time the First Amendment has been forgotten. The Espionage Act of 1917 along with the Sedition Act of 1918 took away the freedom of speech from thousands of Americans during wartime. Many people wonder about the causes of these occurrences in the supposed land of the free. The answer can only be found by evaluating the Espionage Act of 1917 along with the Sedition Act of 1918, the USA Patriot Act of 2001, and examining alternative methods for dealing with times of crisis.