USA Patriot Act

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The USA Patriot Act is an acronym for the official title, “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.” On October 26, 2001 George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, an act passed in response to the September 11th attack on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. USA Patriot Act bears ten sections and/or titles. The purpose of the USA Patriot Act is to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world. The act enhanced the law enforcement investigatory tools and resources. “The law was intended, in Bush’s words, to “enhance the penalties that will fall on terrorists or anyone who helps them.” (Staff, 2009) Even though, the act increased intelligence agencies' …show more content…
Title III – International Money Laundering Abatement and Anti-Terrorist Financing Act of 2001 created to stop terrorism finance by granting authority to law enforcement agencies to confiscate financial records, retrieve financial records and compel disclosure of transactions. Evidently, it allows power to investigate money laundering commonly used by terrorist. “After enactment, each financial institution was required to create an anti-money laundering program to include development of internal policies, designation of a compliance officer, ongoing employee training, and an independent audit function to test the programs.” (Doyle, 2001) In this section, precautions are carried out to identify and report money laundering. For instance, the Secretary may require each financial institution to designate persons to supervise information and accounts along with determining measure to confidential guard the shared information. The information received by a financial institution under this provision may not be used for any purpose other than identifying and reporting activities involving terrorism or money laundering and utilizing the information for other purpose is unethical. The Bank Hold Company Act and The Federal Deposit Act transpired while considering money laundering records. Furthermore a highly secure network; Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) established by the Treasury Department. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network powers allow access government wide services to carry out the duties of gathering anti-money laundering reports and a vast volume of other private and/or public information. Title IV – Protect the United Sates Border aimed to enhance border patrol. Simultaneously, supervises the foreigners within the United States and delegates the detention of alleged terrorists. The section directly affects immigration procedures while benefits victims of