The Importance Of The Patriot Act

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“At least 42 terrorist attacks aimed at the United States have been thwarted since 9/11” (Reality). The majority of people know about the tragedy that happened on September 11th, 2001, but not that many people know about what came to be after the event; the Patriot Act. This act is the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001” (Miller). The Patriot Act got put in place by the President and almost got a unanimous vote to pass it nearly ten days after. It was later used to take down many of the 42 attack plots. The Patriot Act is justified tremendously by 9/11 because it has helped track down terrorists, it has given more freedom for communication throughout the government branches, and it has enhanced citizens’ liberties. For starters, the Patriot Act has helped to find terrorists and high stake criminals by using investigative tools to assist law enforcement officials. Nevertheless, this act has helped intercept a money courier, known as Florez-Gomez, who stole over “$1.3 million per month for the Colombian leftist rebel group ‘FARC’” (Ridge). As stated by the same article, “Thanks to Special Agent Norman Bright, an alert ICE agent who used his knowledge of key new elements of the Patriot Act in the investigation and interrogation, Florez-Gomez got arrested and charged with being an unlicensed money transmitter” (Ridge). Without this act, the agent wouldn’t have been able to track down the
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