The Patriot Act And Homeland Security Act Of 2002

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ABSTRACT In the aftermath of September 11, 2001teerrorist attacks, Congress and President Busch drafted, passed and enacted a number of laws that were focused on improving the nation’s security form terrorist attack and upgrading its ability to search for, identify, and eliminate terrorist threats at homes and international. Two of the most important and far reaching laws to come from the political and legislative action for the fall were the Uniting and Strengthening Americas by Providing Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001(USA Patriot Act) and the Homeland Security Act of 2002. While the USA Patriot Act and Homeland Security Act of 2002 have formed the backbone of terrorism laws in the United States, they are not without their problems, especially in terms of how far they infringe upon the right, freedom, and liberties of the public. As its full name suggests, the purpose to the USA Patriot Act is to provide federal , state, and local authorities with the means to find, monitor, target, and eliminate terrorists before, during or after they plan to take action. In one of the shortest amount of time to pass a law, from proposal to enactment, the USA Patriot Act was signed into law on October 26, 2001; a little over a month after the September attacks. Under the USA Patriot Act “means” refers to the full spectrum of tools, procedures, and authorities that government official thought would be necessary to protect the nation from

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