The Patriot Act : Law Enforcement And Central Intelligence Community

1579 Words Dec 5th, 2016 7 Pages
The attacks on September 11, 2001 brought to light the many failures of our law enforcement and central intelligence community. In order to combat these issues the Government quickly enacted a bill to fix some of these issues. This new bill was called the Patriot Act. President George W. Bush signed it into law on October 26, 2001. It gave law enforcement and intelligence agencies many new tools and rules to protect the United States from terrorist attacks. Some of these new tools included making it easier to monitor phone conversations, ability to share intelligence, and it enhanced our border authority. It was passed almost unanimously at the time because people wanted to make sure something like this never happened again, but today it is one of our most debated topics in politics.
One mission of the Patriot Act was to allow law enforcement the ability to use surveillance technologies against additional acts of terror. Many of the tools that the Patriot Act provided for law enforcement were already being used, but they were not allowed to use them to monitor terrorist activity. They could use them to follow drug dealers or people in gangs, but not on people who were suspected of being a terrorist. The ability to monitor terrorists was limited and the Act permitted agents to follow things such as killing Americans overseas, violations with chemical-weapons, and funding terrorist cells. The Act not only gave the central intelligence community for power; it also gave them…

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