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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(18.) See, e.g., ACLU.org, The Sun Also Sets: Understanding the Patriot Act "Sunsets," http://action.aclu.org/reformthepatriotact/sunsets.html (last visited Nov.
"As your committee debates the future of the Patriot Act in the next few months, NLC wants to assure you that the nation's cities stand ready to defend the homeland against acts of terrorism," the letter stated.
Padavano assured the audience that BOMA is working with the government to make the Patriot Act easier to navigate.
addition, the PATRIOT Act looks much more at the high-tech world that
The Bureau did not really need the Patriot Act to fight the war on terror, except as a signal that it now had a go-ahead for the domestic intelligence investigations it should have been carrying out all along.
Some data retention regulations, such as SEC Rule 17a-4 have existed since the 1930s and have recently been amended to include e-mail; others, such as the Patriot Act are relatively new.
The executive edicts, the war against Iraq, and the alleged use of torture have all elicited protest, but what differentiates the opposition to the Patriot Act is the fact that it has enabled the population to move beyond vocalizing dissent to retarding, and potentially reversing, the executive's inclination to carry out actions divorced from the will of the people.
The Patriot Act, says Ari Schwartz of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Democracy and Technology, "is clearly number one" on the list of the Bush Administration's sins against privacy, while its utility against terror is much less clear.
Since its passage in October 2001, the Patriot Act has decimated many basic American civil liberties.
The threat posed by the PATRIOT Act to civil liberty derives in large part from its shifting of power.
Yet in September they learned that the government will seek their deportation under the Patriot Act for distributing Palestinian magazines and raising humanitarian aid in Los Angeles more than twenty years ago.
Congress is currently debating whether to renew portions of the Patriot Act that are set to expire in 2005.