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Two Major Bush Era Bills Became Law On This Date

by Countable | 10.26.17

October 26 proved to be a busy date for President George W. Bush during his time in office. In 2001, he signed the PATRIOT Act into law on October 26 and five years later, he signed the Secure Fence Act as well.

Both pieces of legislation and the broader policy questions they pose are still being debated in Congress today. How should the federal government balance national security and Americans’ privacy? Is a fence (or wall) the best way to secure the U.S. border?

Click here to learn more about the PATRIOT Act and tell your reps what you think →

Click here for more information on the Secure Fence Act and contact your lawmakers →

— Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: National Archives / Public Domain)

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    10/26/2017
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    The Patriot Act has certainly done more harm to the personal freedoms of Americans and the overall freedom of the United States, than it has good. One of the first major Tyrannical acts that was designed to oppress and divide and allow the Government to overstep its authority into personal lives of a Country’s Citizens. Building a wall was also a source and force of division. It is designed to send a message to a specific group of people that they are inferior and undesirable. Another costly bill off the backs of hard-working Americans. These two bills demonstrate that Americans citizens and our children pay the price for Conservative ideology and we all suffer from the oppression and unfounded fears, psychologically and physically. Many innocent victims have been killed by citizens who have been instilled with fear and hatred for other humans, by these bills and the ideology that they represent. These bills have nothing to do with the service and protection of the American People of the United States. This is special Interests programs, likely created by A.L.E.C., an unethical, immoral organization of thugs that should be forced to be disbanded.

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  • Claude
    10/26/2017
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    Fencing is archaic method, it did not work in berlin. The fencing around prison are less expensive and just as effective as the stuff Trump wants to build. STOP FUNDING THE STUPID WALL AND HELP WITH DISASTER RELEIF

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  • Walter
    10/26/2017
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    16 years after 9-11, the progressive and liberal movements are pushing to open borders, protect illegal immigrants by subsidizing sanctuary cities, and establish privacy rights for terrorists. Surely this does not bode well.

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  • Hank
    10/26/2017
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    Build the wall. Helped China many years ago. Extend the Bush bills. Our safety should be paramount for the Government.

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  • Mary
    10/26/2017
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    Don't fence us in. Fences do not work and make me think of Germany. Let's move forward not back. The patriot act took so many of our freedoms away so I do not support it. Our freedom is of utmost importance to preserve. Terrorism I unfortunately is a fact of life and acts of terrorism come out of nowhere. The patriot act just increases surveillance for all Americas and crimps our freedom.

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  • RadicalModerate
    10/26/2017
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    Shame on the Democratic Party for lying idle with the Republicans while the military industrial complex tightens its grip on our money and destroys our freedoms.

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  • Jeff
    10/26/2017
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    Secure borders are a basic essential to the well-being and survival of any nation state. But having said that we should be willing to compromise and only be as stringent with regard to border access as is the neighbor with whom we share said border. It is perfectly equitable to enforce our border security with precisely the same level of severity as our neighbors do against us. Thus, mirroring Mexico’s immigration policies back toward that free country should be no controversy, and any physical barrier will not harm any such endeavor. Indeed, said wall was a campaign promise we elected our POTUS specifically based upon, so it should be built without delay. Detractors don’t like that? Then by all means they should field viable candidates and vote IN an administration who promised NOT to build a wall. Failing that it behooves adults capable of grasping such concepts to remember that elections have consequences, and to take them seriously enough to put forward leaders with broad appeal to all sides and not just their own. That’s just how we do it in this greatest nation on God’s green earth, and opposition to this administration’s intended policies, procedures, and attendant infrastructure were duly noted at the polls in 2016. Case closed. To the gloomygums sour-grapes left we say: grow up, God bless your little hearts, and better luck next time.

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  • NoHedges
    05/14/2018
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    Where are the voices of the Bush family now? Jeb Bush was pushed out of the primaries by the Putin and Trump Administration interference in the 2016 primaries and now it is happening again. I do not want to be forced into an alliance with Russia because we have alienated all of our European allies. I do not want to experience the fear and grief due to another 9/11. I do not want to hand over American innovation after innovation to the Chinese simply so Trump can make a buck. We need real leadership in Washington and leaders who are willing to speak up for the people.

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  • Sheryl
    10/27/2017
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    I think there has to be some middle ground between building a wall and letting in anyone that wants to come in. I believe in border protection, but not in the increasing leaning toward isolationism I see in this country. So much fear is being stoked by people who may just want to use it to control us. A free society always comes with risks.

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  • Christine
    10/26/2017
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    Geez!

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