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USA Patriot Act

Published October 26, 2001



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Passed in response to the September 11 attacks, the Patriot Act grants law enforcement bodies in the United States greater authority in countering terrorism domestically and abroad. It amends previous laws, such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, enhancing federal authority to track communications for intelligence and enforcement purposes, monitor borders, and combat money laundering operations.

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