The USA PATRIOT Act was passed by congress in the aftermath of September 11. The Act provides federal authorities greater authority to monitor and record communications, either for law enforcement and foreign intelligence purposes. Through the Act, the Secretary of the Treasury has regulatory powers to fight corruption within the United States. Financial system for foreign money laundering purposes. The Act’s aim is also to restrict the entry of foreign terrorists into the country while detaining and removing those already present.
The act also created identified new crimes and created new penalties and procedures to improve the efficiency with which to combat domestic and international terrorists.
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