Patriot Act


On October 26, 2001, President George W. Bush signed into law An Act to Deter and Punish Terrorist Acts in the United States and around the World, to Enhance Law Enforcement Investigatory Tools, and for Other Purposes. The act's short title is the USA Patriot Act or simply the Patriot Act. In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the bill briskly passed through the Senate and the House of Representatives. In the Senate, the vote was 98 to 1, with one abstention; the House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 357 to 66, with nine...

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Graffiti on a sidewalk, in response to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (Library of Congress)

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