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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President Bush has repeatedly insisted that all of the Patriot Act is needed because "we're still at war," a war he boastfully claims was launched on "my decision" and nobody else's.
The Patriot Act is helping America defeat our enemies while safeguarding civil liberties for all our people.
Today, back at his construction company, Michels says he "ran into no voters that were not concerned about terrorism," and that "my point was that the PATRIOT Act is a tool that history has proven has not been abused.
The Patriot Act is a massive piece of legislation, encompassing more than 150 provisions and, as voted on by Congress, almost 400 pages long.
An extremely important aspect of the USA PATRIOT Act is that it permits greater sharing of intelligence information between law enforcement and national security investigators, regardless of the source of the intelligence information.
President Bush says that the USA Patriot Act is "essential not only to pursuing and punishing terrorists, but also preventing more' atrocities [brutal or cruel acts]
Other reporting on the Patriot Act is correct, but misleading.