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Unformatted text preview: The Patriot Act grants law enforcement bodies in the US greater authority in countering terrorism in the US and overseas. It amends previous laws and at the same time the Patriot Act enhances federal authority to track the communication outlets for suspected terrorists. The justice department specifies that is for intelligence and enforcement purposes. The U.S. justice department has stated that monitoring communication both via phone lines, and more recently through Internet forums, has been an effective method of reinforcing our borders, and combat ting money laundering operations. The Washington Post in an October 31, 2001, editorial criticized the Justice Department for resisting legitimate requests for information on the detainees: ‘‘The questions posed by the Washington Post as well as other critics are these. How many of the 1,000-plus are still in custody? Who are they? What are the charges against them? What is the 1,000-plus are still in custody?...
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- Spring '08
- Patriot Act, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Justice Department, U.S. Justice Department