US Patriot Act

US Patriot Act - Effects of the U.S. Patriot Act of 2001...

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Effects of the U .S. Patriot Act of 2001 Miranda Pryor After the occurrences of September 11, 2001, the United States took action in order to greater defend the nation against terrorist attacks . Before these attacks, Clinton had urged Congress in August of 1996 to develop anti-terrorism legislation before its recess . At this time, the proposed anti-terrorism measures were heavily disputed (“President wants Senate”) . Though less than a week after these attacks, attitudes changed drastically . The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001(USA Patriot Act) was passed which gave more powers to law enforcement officials as well as increased surveillance in order to more effectively decrease terrorism in the United States . This act was an incorporation of many legislative proposals made after the terrorist attacks including the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 . The final act included amendment providing judicial supervision of law enforcement’s FBI carnivore system and a sunset provision requiring reauthorization of some provisions of the act after a certain period . After little debate and no report from the House or Senate, this legislation was passed that included amendment of 15 previous acts (“The USA”) . These amendments included changes to legislation involving surveillance and privacy, information sharing, anti-terrorist financial provisions, and protection of the borders and immigration laws . Some of the most controversial parts of the USA PATRIOT Act are those involving surveillance and privacy . The Act amended previous statutes on wiretapping, electronic and computer surveillance, foreign surveillance, and search and seizure . The Wiretap Statute or
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Federal Wiretap Act that was written in 1968 required “probable cause” only for certain crimes for the issuance of wiretaps . With this in place, wiretaps were more difficult to get than search warrants and detectives had the responsibility to minimize interception of irrelevant information and notify the one being tapped within 90 days of the interception (Harrison, “Higher Education Issues”) . The PATRIOT Act amended this legislation by allowing the issuance of nationwide roving wiretaps without providing probable cause that the information obtained from the wiretap includes information about a crime or terrorism . The target of the order and information gained from the tap does not have to be specified either (“EFF Analysis”) . The USA PATRIOT Act also amended the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act . These acts were in place to protect computer users from unauthorized government access to private electronic communications and to reduce computer “hacking” . The PATRIOT Act allows for the seizure of recorded voicemails and allows internet providers to disclose information about their users to federal law enforcement . It also makes the punishment for computer hacking stricter by targeting violators who only intend to cause damage
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