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Patriot Act (Public Law 107-56).
Passed after the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks, the Act expands the authority of U.S. law enforcement for the stated purpose of fighting terrorist acts in the United States and abroad. This expanded legal authority is also used to detect and prosecute other alleged potential crimes. Among its provisions, the USA PATRIOT Act amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
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More About The Patriot
- The Act was signed by President Bush
on October 26, 2001.
- The long title of the act is "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001".
- The Patriot Act was introduced Rep. James Sensenbrenner,
Wisconsin on October 23, 2001.
- For more information see Wikipedia:
USA Patriot Act.
Under section 224, several of the surveillance portions (200-level sections) of the Act will expire on December 31, 2005. On July 21, 2005, the US House of Representatives passed HR3199, the USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2005, which removes certain sunset clauses entirely rather than renewing them or allowing them to be enacted.
On December 16, 2005 the U.S. Senate refused to end debate on legislation to renew the act. The Senate fell seven votes short of invoking cloture on the matter, leaving the future of the Patriot Act in doubt.
Provisions that will expire