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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Similarly, some foreign nationals might be reluctant to testify freely about matters occurring in their home countries if they fear that officials from their home country would obtain their testimony through cooperation with American intelligence agencies that receive the information pursuant to the USA PATRIOT Act. The ability to guarantee secrecy to such prospective witnesses might well encourage their testimony, and broad exceptions to secrecy might deter the witnesses.
The USA Patriot Act expands the definition of "terrorist activity." For criticism of the definition of "terrorist activity" in the INA, see Gerald L.
Review upheld FISA, as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act, against a Fourth
A guidebook used in a 2002 Justice Department employee seminar on financial crimes says: "We all know that the USA Patriot Act provided weapons for the war on terrorism.
USA PATRIOT ACT: Ask students to write a report on the USA Patriot Act.
Section 352 of the USA Patriot Act directs the Treasury Secretary to "consider the extent to which the requirements imposed under [Section 352 of the USA Patriot Act] are commensurate with the size, location, and activities of the financial institutions to which such regulations apply."
Perhaps, the most controversial recent act of Congress is the United and Strengthening of America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (1) (USA PATRIOT Act) and its impact upon the use of electronic surveillance and physical searches authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) (2) to combat foreign threats.
It also announced it will offer a complete suite of USA PATRIOT Act compliance services as real-time, Web-based, stand-alone services for any entity, including multifamily properties, that requires identity verification for fraud searches to block potential criminal access to lending and credit-granting resources.
Within a month, Congress passed the USA Patriot Act. The Act reinstated a January 2003 deadline for colleges to get INS authorization to use SEVIS, in order to be able to continue to serve international students.
* The Treasury Department issues three rules relating to the USA Patriot Act and financial institutions' and CPAs' roles in the fight against money laundering (www.treas.gov/press/releases/po3436.htm).
One way the USA Patriot Act mutes the nation's once-free press