The Patriot Act Essay

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On September 11, 2001, the United States experienced an event that would impact the world for the rest of our lives. The September 11 attacks, also referred to as 9/11, was a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks on the United States by the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda. Four airplanes were hijacked by nineteen Al-Qaeda terrorists. The first two planes crashed into The World Trade Center while the third one crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth was intended to go to Washington, D.C. but was taken over by the passengers who then crashed it into an open field in Pennsylvania. The attack killed over 2,000 and left over 6,000 injured. It was one of the deadliest incidents that firefighters and law enforcement officers had ever faced. …show more content…
More than 200 government organizations were created and reconstructed after the attack. With the development of new agencies and organizations, funding’s increased. George W. Bush, the president during the time of the attack, passed many legislations to strengthen the U.S. National Security. One of which was the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was the first of many changes to surveillance laws that made government more involved in the private lives of others. The act’s goal was to strengthen security and expand the powers of law enforcement bureaus in the act of identifying and stopping terrorists. The Patriot Act was not the only new change to the United States after 9/11; forty-eight bills and resolutions were authorized into law. The Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act were always placed into law. This act requires that all databases must be linked together to improve information sharing regarding Visa usage and immigrant data. “Government agencies created after 9/11 include the Department of Homeland Security, which consolidated other agencies, including the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service” (Villemez). Homeland Security was created to prevent further terrorist attacks and inform the public that they are safe within the