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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And, Cole pointed out, local citizens all over the country have formed 367 "Bill of Rights Defense Committees" to oppose the Patriot Act.
Yet it was not the Patriot Act that ended Abdel-Muhri's work on behalf of the Democratic Front, but a January 2002 directive from the Justice Department called the "Absconder Apprehension Initiative.
President Bush signed the PATRIOT Act into law in October 2001 to hinder the finances of terrorists after the Sept.
The Patriot Act was quickly passed by Congress following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
While the 9/11 attacks were unprecedented, the PATRIOT Act was not necessarily a unique government response to an attack against the nation.
The Patriot Act, however, is not the only law that might force a U.
The editorial was based on an Associated Press story, which indicated that the Patriot Act provision was used to spy on Mayfield, a Muslim wrongly accused in last year's railroad bombings in Spain.
Gonzales staunchly defended the Patriot Act, saying it has been effective in combating terrorism.
They reelected the progressive Democrat who challenged Bush on the Patriot Act by a much larger margin than they gave to Kerry.
The intent of the Patriot Act and the desire of the Treasury Department is to protect the financial system from infiltration by those who would launder money to hide criminal actions or to finance terror," said Taylor Griffin, U.
At the same time, increasing security concerns and heightened requirements of the Patriot Act have made international money remittance more difficult for banks and financial institutions.