Introduction of the USA Patriot Act

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1. Introduction The USA Patriot Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) of 2001 was issued on October 26, 2001, by President George W. Bush, with the purpose of providing a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The act was intended to reform the agenda regarding law enforcement agencies and their limitations. The authorities acknowledged that it was essential for law enforcement investigatory tools needed significant improvement and thus revised their activities. The Patriot Act is meant both to deter and to prevent terrorist acts in the US and across the world.
The 9/11 World Trade Center Terrorist attacks generated much controversy both when regarding the fact that the government was caught by surprise and when regarding the length that terrorists are willing to go in order to achieve their goals. Americans were horrified and panicked as a consequence of the 9/11 events and because of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Congress thus needed to act rapidly and effectively by introducing a series of strategies meant to reinforce security both on a local and on a global level. "The Patriot Act provided more time for investigators to question the suspects before they had to be charged or let go" (Marcovitz 8).
2. Anecdotal evidence Although it seemed like the right thing to do in the given circumstances, the act also triggered debates among civil libertarians and persons who believed that the government
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