Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr.(introduced 10/23/2001)
Latest Major Action: 10/26/2001 Became Public Law No: 107-56.
Title: To deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to
enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes.
SUMMARY AS OF:
10/24/2001--Passed House, without amendment.
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Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to
Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001 -
Enhancing Domestic Security Against Terrorism
- Establishes in the Treasury the
(Sec. 102) Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the civil rights and liberties of all
Americans, including Arab Americans, must be protected, and that every effort must be
taken to preserve their safety; (2) any acts of violence or discrimination against any
Americans be condemned; and (3) the Nation is called upon to recognize the patriotism
of fellow citizens from all ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds.
(Sec. 103) Authorizes appropriations for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI)
Technical Support Center.
(Sec. 104) Authorizes the Attorney General to request the Secretary of Defense to
provide assistance in support of Department of Justice (DOJ) activities relating to the
enforcement of Federal criminal code (code) provisions regarding the use of weapons of
mass destruction during an emergency situation involving a weapon (currently, chemical
weapon) of mass destruction.
(Sec. 105) Requires the Director of the U.S. Secret Service to take actions to develop a
national network of electronic crime task forces throughout the United States to prevent,
detect, and investigate various forms of electronic crimes, including potential terrorist
attacks against critical infrastructure and financial payment systems.
(Sec. 106) Modifies provisions relating to presidential authority under the International
Emergency Powers Act to: (1) authorize the President, when the United States is engaged
in armed hostilities or has been attacked by a foreign country or foreign nationals, to
confiscate any property subject to U.S. jurisdiction of a foreign person, organization, or
country that he determines has planned, authorized, aided, or engaged in such hostilities
or attacks (the rights to which shall vest in such agency or person as the President may
designate); and (2) provide that, in any judicial review of a determination made under
such provisions, if the determination was based on classified information such
information may be submitted to the reviewing court ex parte and in camera.