Bridge to the 21st Centur8

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Bridge to the 21st Century The Clinton and Bush II years The death toll, most of it consisting of civilians at the Trade Center, was approximately  3,000, exceeding that of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The economic costs were  also heavy. Several other buildings near the Trade Center also were destroyed, shutting  down the financial markets for several days. The effect was to prolong the already  developing recession. As the nation began to recover from the attack, an unknown person or group sent out  letters containing small amounts of anthrax bacteria. Some went to members of  Congress and administration officials, others to obscure individuals. No notable person  was infected. But five victims died, and several others suffered serious illness. The  mailings touched off a wave of national hysteria, then stopped as suddenly as they had  begun, and remained a mystery. In June 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation 
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Unformatted text preview: announced that the likely culprit was a troubled government scientist; in July 2008 the suspected scientist committed suicide. In a televised speech on September 20, 2001, President Bush told a joint session of Congress, “Our ‘war on terror’ begins with al-Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.” The administration obtained passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001. Designed to fight domestic terrorism, the new law considerably broadened the search, seizure, and detention powers of the federal government. Its opponents argued that it amounted to a serious violation of constitutionally protected individual rights. Its backers responded that a country at war needed to protect itself....
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