“The War on Terror: The Rising of the US PATRIOT Act”
America, once considered the land of the free and the home of the brave. That was until, September 11, 2001 when terrorist succeeded with a planned attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. That day “the United States government announced its intentions to begin a War on Terrorism (or War on Terror), a protracted struggle against terrorists and states that aid terrorists” (WAR ON TERROR). I think the terrorist attack that took place that day demanded for a response like the one given. America knows the face of war and that face is usually seen on the battlefield, not in the streets of a highly populated city. The 11 Hijackers that executed the attack on September 11 were not targeting soldiers they were targeting us civilians and our way of life, therefore if it is a war they won’t, then it is a war they will get. It is through this war on terror which the United States government has been able to gain the power to pass the US PATRIOT Act, with the promise of preventing future attacks.
At the time of the attacks, I remember thinking to myself what is next and who is responsible? After finding out all the hijackers belonged to a regime called Al Qaeda, a terrorist organization that had been responsible for many other attacks and threatened the U.S. prior to the September 11th attacks. I could not help but to think what is going to stop this from happening again. It must have been clear to the hijackers that there mission was suicide but yet they still volunteered. If there are people out there in the world that hate the United States so much that they are willing to die to inflict pain upon its citizens. How can we possibly stop them?
Our president at the time of the attacks, George W. Bush was going to provide an answer. On September 20, 2001 he gave a speech before a joint session of congress. In it he states “Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done” (George W. Bush After September 11) .A demand for a war on terror made perfect sense. American people around the world wanted justice to be served. We wanted to hold someone accountable for the destruction on that horrific day. We wanted to be insured that such devastation would not happen again or at least not as easily the next time.
One month and three days later Bill “H.R.3162, Titled: To deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes” (USA PATRIOT Act), was proposed to congress. The USA PATRIOT ACT which stand for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” (USA PATRIOT Act). Was revised on the 24th for only one hour and passed through the house with a yea and nay vote of 357 to 66....