USA PATRIOT Act

(redirected from The Patriot Act)
Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
The author of the Patriot Act on Sunday continued his criticism of the National Security Agency's widespread surveillance of U.
Congress passed a four-year extension of three provisions of the Patriot Act May 26, despite a spirited Senate effort to derail the bill by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.
Ron Wyden, the Oregon Democrat who sits on the Intelligence Committee, took to the Senate floor Thursday to serve notice that the executive branch has devised a secret legal theory of the Patriot Act that is at stark odds with a plain reading of the text.
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.
The Patriot Act, signed into law a month after 9/11, gave law enforcement officials more power to fight terrorism.
Those missed opportunities had nothing to do with the legal restrictions later loosened by the PATRIOT Act.
This particular claim is further undermined by Congressional approval of the Patriot Act just a few weeks after we passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force.
Amid concerns about money-laundering schemes and possible terrorist financing, the Patriot Act increased the reporting and scrutiny requirements of banks, while also expanding the anti-money laundering requirements to all money service businesses, like money-transfer companies and check-cashing stores.
Critics of the PATRIOT Act remain troubled that the reauthorization bill does not address the original act's major shortcomings, such as its lack of a mechanism for preventing FBI "fishing expeditions" into sensitive business, medical, library and other records of innocent Americans.
When you receive this Voter in late January, it is possible that Congress will have reauthorized the PATRIOT Act before adjournment.
In his weekly radio address President Bush said, "Over the past four years, the Patriot Act has been a strong weapon for going after the terrorists.
But, according to the Times, after several days of private discussions, Senate leaders agreed not to pursue the administrative subpoenas to ensure quick reauthorization of the Patriot Act in some form.