Civil Liberties And The Book Matched

1075 words - 5 pages

Pamela Garrett
How important is the right to privacy? The right to privacy is not listed in the U.S Constitution, “but the Supreme Court has said that several of the amendments create this right. One of the amendments is the Fourth Amendment, which stops the police and other government agents from searching us or our property without "probable cause" to believe that we have committed a crime. Other amendments protect our freedom to make certain decisions about our bodies and our private lives without interference from the government - which includes the public schools.” These rights are very important to citizens in society. Without these rights, each citizen will be suppressed and ...view middle of the document...

” After the act was passed, a number of groups disapproved because “the law can diminish civil liberties in the name of national terrorism”.
This is eerily similar to what is going on in the society of Matched. Government surveillance of all its citizens. The passage of this act was made without enough oversight. Limiting important civil liberties, especially lack of privacy is never acceptable. By limiting civil liberties, America is becoming less of a democratic society and more of a totalitarian society. If the American government wants to keep its citizens happy, civil liberties should be recognized and upheld. Of course some people may argue that in order to keep America safe from terrorism, that some civil liberties must be restricted. I believe in America’s security and safety, but I have a major problem with curtailing individuals rights in the society. Our founding mothers and fathers fought hard for civil liberties such as privacy and religion and that has been granted to us by the Constitution. To take away those liberties from us when we fought so hard for it is a major violation.
In the book Matched, the government is allowed to enter the citizens homes and search without a warrant. In America, the right of privacy in peoples homes and possessions is protected in the 4th amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” This right is very important in a society so as to prevent unnecessary searches that are a violation of innocent peoples rights. The government in Matched violated this right by barging into peoples homes and taking away their possessions. This is a huge violation of civil liberties and is another major issue in the story.
By reading the story, I think that the government wants to protect its citizens by curtailing their civil rights. That is what the US government tried to do when it passed the Patriot...

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