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United States PATRIOT Act

Overview[1]#

United States PATRIOT Act is an Act of United States Congress that was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001.[1] With its ten-letter abbreviation (USA PATRIOT) expanded, the full title is "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act".

March 2020, the United States Senate passed a 77-day extension however the United States House of Representatives did not before departing for recess on March 27, 2020 implying the United States PATRIOT Act along with the so-called lone wolf and the roving wiretap provisions have expired, at least for a few weeks.

In November 2019, the renewal of the Patriot Act was included in the stop-gap legislation[11] The expired provisions required renewal by March 15, 2020.[12]

United States PATRIOT Act was extended by President Barack Obama signed the United States PATRIOT Act Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, a four-year extension of three key provisions in the United States PATRIOT Act:

  • roving wiretaps
  • searches of business records
  • conducting surveillance of "lone wolves"—individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist groups.

United States PATRIOT Act amended at least the following:

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