Vanderbilt Law Review

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Leaving No Loopholes for Terrorist Financing: The Implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act in the Real Estate Field


September 11, 2001 began like any other day but took a drastic turn at 8:45 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time when a plane, hijacked by terrorists, crashed into the northern tower of the World Trade Center, setting it afire. As Americans mourned in silence, a second plane rammed through the southern tower of the World Trade Center at 9:05 a.m. and set it aflame. The horror continued, as a third plane crashed into the Pentagon, a fourth diverted into a field in Pennsylvania, and both towers of the World Trade Center collapsed. It did not take long for Americans to realize they had been attacked on their own soil by an impervious enemy - terrorists. This kind of attack was unprecedented in U.S. history, and the death toll reached nearly 3,000 within a few hours.5 President George W. Bush addressed the nation on the night of September 11, stating: Terrorist acts can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.. .Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature, and we responded with the best of America.