Bill becomes a Law

Bill becomes a Law

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  • 1993 Oklahoma City bombings
  • Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
  • Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
  • 9/11 Attacks
  • The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist truck bombing on a Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. It killed 168 people, injured hundreds, and caused $652 million in damage. Two Americans, Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols were the perpetrators. This was a case of domestic terrorism. The US public wanted answers.
  • USA Patriot Act Introduced 
  • "This Act will help make our communities a safer place, and defeat terrorism in the United States and around the world"
  • The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 was signed into law on April 24, 1996. The lead sponsor was Senator Robert Dole of Kansas. It mainly made it easier for law enforcement to identify and prosecute domestic and international terrorists, by providing assistance to victims, restricted weapons, increased terrorism penalties and funded changes to law enforcement related to terrorism.
  • President Bush signs bill
  • On the Morning of September 11, 2001, 2  hijacked planes crashed into the Twin Towers in NYC, killing 2,996 people, injuring 6,000, and caused $10 billion in infrastructure damage. Another plane was taken back by the passengers, crashing into a field in PA, killing all on board, which was intended for the white house. Another plane crashed into the Pentagon, killing 189 people. America was under attack.
  • Patriot Act fallout in years following
  •  Forty-five days after the September 11 terrorist attack and the 2001 anthrax attacks, the Patriot Act was enacted into Congress. There was no government funding in this Act.  The purpose was simple, punish terrorists and use all law enforcement tools as necessary. This Act changed the approach the way law enforcement handled terrorism both on a domestic and global scale.
  • On October 26, 2001, President George W. Bush approved the new act. Some committees involved in this were the Judiciary Committee, Financial Services, Armed Services, and International Relations. Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin was the main sponsor.
  • Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001
  • Although the majority of the Senate and House of Representatives passed this Patriot Act, many citizens were concerned with the act. Firstly, some citizens believed that their individual privacy was going to be affected by this Act. Most did not want the government checking up on them. Secondly, a lot of groups were against the Act. ALA, ACLU, EFF were all notable groups that went to court to challenge the act. Lastly, many believed that a law will not fight terrorism at all. Terrorists would not follow a law just because it is mandated. However, with the help of the Patriot Act and the tools received by this act, the US government has stopped close to thirty planned terrorist attacks.
  • Invasion of privacy!
  • It is beneficial for all !
  • The Gov't is spying on us!!!!
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