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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"We are still far from a Patriot Act," Didier Maus, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Aix-Marseille in southern France, told AFP.
The PATRIOT Act was a series of amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which regulates the gathering of intelligence information.
Two days after Senate couldn't come to an agreement before the program lapsed, the USA Patriot Act lives once again.
"The Patriot Act will expire tonight," said the 2016 presidential candidate, after hours of fruitless debate.
The USA Patriot Act was first signed into law in 2001.
Federal lawmakers should heed that warning and remember the origins of the Patriot Act, which Congress approved in the fear-filled shadow of the attacks of 9/11.
The Patriot Act expires June 1, and Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow continued collection of call records of nearly every American.
2685, sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) read: "To strengthen privacy protections, accountability, and oversight related to domestic surveillance conducted pursuant to the USA PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978."
The antiterror education of the Obama administration continues, this time with the reauthorization of key Patriot Act provisions due to be renewed before they sunset on Friday.
On March 10, Mueller admitted that the agency hadn't told the truth about its uses of PATRIOT Act powers to investigate Americans, admitting that nearly 50,000 privacy-busting "National Security Letters" had been sent in 2005 instead of the 30,000 Congress had been told of.
Several sections of the USA PATRIOT Act and one section of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 were originally scheduled to expire on December 31, 2005.
The Patriot Act, signed into law a month after 9/11, gave law enforcement officials more power to fight terrorism.