The Patriot Act was passed in October 2001 by President Geoge W. Bush. It was a direct response to the September 11 attacks to help law enforcement officials detect, combat, and prevent terrorism. PATRIOT stands for Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. Effectively, the Patriot Act. The act was considered controversial upon its initial passing and was therefore modified in 2015 to guarantee the rights of Americans. However, the act is still considered controversial as it infringes on the privacy of all American citizens in order to protect from terrorist.
The Patriot Act is meant to improve the effectiveness of Homeland Security and law enforcement.
Under the act, law enforcement is legally allowed to:
It also eliminated the statute of limitations for any and all terror-related crimes in the United States.