The Patriot Act of 2001

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The USA Patriot Act of 2001 Dim Cing Introduction to American Government Palm Beach State College November 28, 2012 Abstract Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, also known as The USA Patriot Act of 2001, was passed by Congress to enforce better homeland security after 9/11 attack. The USA Patriot Act of 2001 started enforcing in the areas which include the airports. Many citizens share different viewpoints where as some took this act as an offensive approach while others take it as a necessary precautions towards their safety. This paper will cover key points in the act’s main concern, viewpoints from the citizens, and resolution to the issue. Moreover, to smooth out the process of protection the citizens of the United States will also be discussed along with the effectiveness as of today. Public Need What was caused the need for the policy? In September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center, the pentagon, and other areas were severely attacked by vicious foreign terrorists known as the Al-Qaeda. These terrorists were Islamic who hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, while the third plane soared into the Pentagon just outside of Washington, D.C., along with the last plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania ("History.com," 2011). In this attack, more than three thousand people died and extensive destruction. Various people lost their lives due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time and risking their lives to save others. Many citizens reacted out of anger, fear, and insecurity to this unexpected situation. People began to question how safe the United State really is, which brought the attention to our Congress and the

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