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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The USAPATRIOT Act added a new section ([section] 236A) to the INA which provides for the mandatory pre-removal-order detention of an alien who is certified by the Attorney General as a terrorist suspect.
In one of many sessions related to the USAPATRIOT Act and National Security Letters, speaker Alonzo Robertson, legislative attorney at the National Security Agency (NSA), was actively engaged with his audience, including this animated discussion with Arthur Kirschenbaum, from Sno-Isle Libraries in Marysville, Wash.
Those issues include Net Neutrality, data breaches and identity theft, information privacy, a review of the USAPATRIOT Act, digital copyright, and patent reform.