What did the USA ever do without a "patriot act"?

And how does a world power manage to maintain their existance without a document called "patriot act", and subsequent sequels? How in the world, pray tell, did this Country ever manage previous to a paper called "patriot act", how did the government employees decide there was work to do, and... show more And how does a world power manage to maintain their existance without a document called "patriot act", and subsequent sequels?

How in the world, pray tell, did this Country ever manage previous to a paper called "patriot act", how did the government employees decide there was work to do, and get it done?
Update: Please allow me to clarify my question; the country's existance began hundereds of years previous to 9-11. America did not begin on 9-11.
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