Today’s post comes from Andrew Grafton in the National Archives History Office
October 2001, Washington, DC.
The United States has recently been attacked by terrorists intent on killing American citizens and striking a blow against U.S. morale in the fight against terror. Millions are afraid that a further attack is imminent. The public is adamant that the federal government take action.
Out of this environment of fear, and a desire for increased national security, the Patriot Act was born.
In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and the September–October 2001 anthrax mail scare, public apprehension about the potential for further threats was at an all-time high.
As a result of these concerns, Congress proposed several bills to strengthen the power of federal law enforcement to preemptively apprehend terror plots. The ultimate goal was to ensure that terror threats like those on 9/11 would be detected by federal law enforcement agencies. Continue reading