The US Congress in response to the events of September 11, 2001, passed the USA Patriot Act. The official title of the USA Patriot Act is "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001". The main purpose of this Act is to improve the abilities of U.S. law enforcement to detect and deter terrorism. One key to the Act is that it tore down the wall between law enforcement and intelligence officials so that they could share information and work together to help prevent terror attacks. It has also led to increased penalties for committing and supporting terrorist crimes.

America and the world have noted that terrorists have not lost the will or the ability to attack others. The USA Patriot Act is vital to the war on terror and defending US citizens against any type of ruthless enemy. This bill allows American law enforcement officials to continue to use the same tools against terrorists that are used against organized crime enterprises, drug dealers, cyber threats, and other criminals, while safeguarding the civil liberties of Americans and other people living in the USA.

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