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The PATRIOT Act Has Helped Prevent Terrorist Attacks Table of Contents: Further Readings Alice Fisher, testimony before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, October 9, 2002. Alice Fisher is a deputy attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice . The USA PATRIOT Act , enacted on October 26, 2001 , in response to the September 11, 2001 , terrorist attacks on America, has been an invaluable aid to law enforcement. The act has removed important obstacles to investigating terrorism. For example, section 219 of the act allows federal judges to issue nationwide search warrants in terrorism investigations, whereas prior to the act investigators had to expend crucial time and effort procuring multiple warrants from different judges in different jurisdictions. The act has also greatly strengthened criminal laws against terrorism, particularly laws aimed at the individuals who finance and support terrorist groups. Finally, the act has removed many restrictions on law enforcement's ability to gather intelligence through physical searches, wiretaps, electronic surveillance, and increased access to criminal records. Distinguished members of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information, I am honored to appear before you to testify about the Department of Justice's implementation and use of the important anti-terrorism provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act . I want to thank this Subcommittee's members, who helped to develop and enact the USA PATRIOT so swiftly in the wake of [the September 11, 2001 , terrorist attacks]. As Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, with responsibility over the Terrorism and Violent Crimes Section, I have been personally involved in seeing that the tools Congress provided in the Act have been used as intended: to enhance the ability of law enforcement to bring terrorists and other criminals to justice. The unprecedented and heinous attacks on our nation, in which over three thousand innocent civilians were killed in New York City, in Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, occurred just over one year ago. At that time, the President pledged to the American people that we would not relent until justice was done and our nation was secure. Members of this Committee, and the Congress in general, joined the President [George W. Bush] as key partners in this important undertaking. Congress's swift and comprehensive response, through passage of the USA PATRIOT Act , provided us with vital new tools, and updated those tools already at our disposal, that have been instrumental to our efforts to combat terrorism in the most extensive criminal investigation in history. As the President stated when he signed the USA PATRIOT Act on October 26, 2001 , we took "an essential step in defeating terrorism, while protecting the constitutional rights of Americans." One year later, I am pleased to report that we have used these tools effectively, aggressively and responsibly. Implementing the USA
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