USA PATRIOT Act

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USA PATRIOT Act

Legislation in the United States, enacted in 2001 shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks, that increased the federal government's surveillance and enforcement powers with the intent of combating terrorism. Among other provisions, it expanded the powers of the Secretary of the Treasury to monitor financial transactions, especially internationally, and cracked down on money laundering.
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LIMRA has launched a new anti-money laundering training program that it says is a fast, easy way for insurance companies to meet the training requirements of the USA PATRIOT Act.
Provisions of the Patriot Act now set to expire effectively cancel this essential guarantee.
The new version of the Patriot Act will phase out the NSA's bulk collections program, shifting the storage of phone records to telecommunications providers over the next six months.
accused President Barack Obama of falsely claiming that the controversial 2001 Patriot Act authorizes NSA surveillance.
While the final vote on passage was closer in the House of Representatives, as expected, the surprise was the spirited opposition made against Patriot Act renewal by the freshman Kentucky Senator.
When the American people find out how their government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act, they will be stunned and they will be angry," Wyden said.
In the panicked aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Congress moved with dizzying haste to enact the USA Patriot Act, a sprawling overhaul of American intelligence law.
and Hung (Overseas Institute of Technology, Taiwan) take a moderate approach as they put the controversial and polarizing Patriot Act into the context of America before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Some people may think the USA PATRIOT Act has fallen off the information industry's radar screen.
to strike down provisions of the Patriot Act that allow the government to obtain search warrants without showing evidence of probable cause was welcome news.