On September, 11th, 2001, the United States faced the largest terrorist attack in its history. Over 3,000 innocent civilians lost their lives due to a terrorist attack. This attack gave Americans the one thing that has always had the ability to unite them: a common enemy. As such, 45 days after the attack, the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” ("The USA Patriot"), USA PATRIOT act, was signed into law with 98 votes of support in the Senate and 357 votes of support in the house, with 67 votes in descent total. Many Congressmen who signed the bill “now say they did not even read it before voting in favor” ("The USA Patriot"). A version of the bill had already gone through committee and was approved by the ACLU, however, that was not the version of the bill presented to Congress. The compromises made were removed when the author of the bill as told, “If you don't pass the original bill... the next terrorist attack will be on your shoulders”. This type of threate...
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