The Pros And Cons Of The Patriot Act

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The Patriot Act is one of today’s most controversial laws. The law’s official name is the USA PATRIOT Act, which stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act. The law was passed in 2001 after the September Eleventh terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The act greatly increased the power of the government in preventing terrorism, but it also increased the amount of surveillance that the government performs on citizens. Overall, the Patriot Act may have helped to prevent terrorism, but it came at a cost. Before 9/11, there were a few other terrorist attacks that alerted Americans. One such attack was the Oklahoma City bombing. The bombing occurred in 1995. A truck containing explosives was driven to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, and it was detonated. The explosion destroyed one-third of the building. 168 people were killed in the bombing. Another infamous terrorist attack was the bombing of Pan-Am flight 103. It occurred on a Boeing 747 flying from London to New York City. A bomb was detonated on the plane, and it exploded. The wreckage mostly landed in Lockerbie, Scotland. …show more content…

The 9/11 attacks occurred on September 11, 2001, when four planes were hijacked by members of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda. Two of the planes were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. The planes caused extensive damage to the World Trade Center, and both of the main towers eventually fell. Another of the planes was crashed into the Pentagon, which caused fire and structural damage to the building. The fourth and final plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers tried to take over the plane. In total about 3,000 people died during the 9/11 attacks. Overall, the 9/11 Attacks were an extremely tragic event that lead to the Patriot

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