The Usa Patriot Act, By George W. Bush

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“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation,” George W. Bush. “On September 11, 2001, nineteen individuals, each connected with al – Qaeda, hijacked four commercial jet airliners with the intent of killing Americans. The individuals smashed two of the airliners into the World Trade Center in New York City, both structures symbolic of American strength. The captors smashed the third plane into the Pentagon (another edifice symbolic of American power). On the fourth aircraft, both passengers, and flight crew tried to regain control of their plane from the terrorists, resulting in the craft’s crashing in a barren field in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania (Smith ix).” The USA PATRIOT Act, enacted seven weeks after September 11 attacks, granted the federal government sweeping new powers to expand surveillance, curtail financing, and deport people in connection with terrorist activity (Stanford). The Patriot Act is one of the most powerful laws of modern day and has powerful ramifications for the future (Ibbetson 4). “True patriots realized that one must protect the nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic (Etzioni 1).” The U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act is an acronym for Uniting and Strengthening America

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