Pros And Cons Of The USA Patriot Act

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The USA Patriot Act is short for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (Patriot Act 2011). After September eleventh 's attack, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill to President George W. Bush, which he signed into law on October 26, 2001 in hopes of preventing another attack on American soil. The act was based on a Department of Justice proposal that was modified by the Congress before it was enacted into law (96). The act was made to give more power to federal enforcement officials to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the attacks on the twin towers, and the pentagon (96). This act modifies a variety of statutes like: intelligence, investigation, controlled substance, crime, privacy, and financial transactions. This act has four key …show more content…
Before agencies were not allowed to share information and then the act was made into law and the agencies were allowed to share information regarding suspects. The US Patriot Act has three basic ares on trying to control counterfeit money, first expand the authority of the secretary of the treasury to regulate the U.S. financial institutes, such as require businesses to report cash transactions larger then 10,000 dollars (100). Second, create new crimes to control money laundering and enhanced punishment (100). Third, the act modified the ways forfeitures could be carried out and granted the government greater power to confiscate the property of anyone thought to support, plan, aid, authorize, or participate in an act of domestic or international terrorism (100). The Patriot Act allows border protection to use new ways for dealing with the potential for terrorism and raise the cap and allowing them to hire more border patrol agents

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