- Terrorists often don't commit crimes until they carry out the terrorist act itself.
- Thousands or millions could potentially be killed if we fail in our efforts.
- The economic damage of attacks can put many people out of work and destroy wealth.
- Intelligence and circumstantial evidence can lead agents to the identification of a
likely terrorist, but they may not be able to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.
- We would have additional tools for fighting non-terrorism related crimes such as drug
trafficking and racketeering.
- A certain amount of trust has to be put in the hands of the government if we are to accomplish anything.
- Terrorists will be forced to re-organize and plan around all the new anti-terror methods, which can
be expensive and time-consuming.
- New methods of data collection can help law enforcement increase the probability of zoning in on the guilty
people and avoiding harassment of the innocent ones.
- Our American system of checks-n-balances prevents the government from going too far.
- Taking away civil rights essentially destroys the very definition of what it means to be an American, which
in effect gives the terrorists a victory.
- Constitutional protections are being violated.
- There is a potential for abuse by this administration or future administrations.
- It could lead to racial profiling and other methods of discrimination & harassment.
- The government could use the information for non-terror political purposes (e.g. blackmail, embarrassment of
- Abusing the rights of moderate Muslims and certain other groups may push them to the side of extremists,
possibly taking away a source of tips on finding existing terrorists and also possibly creating new terrorist