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USA Patriot Act (Post 9/11 Enhancements To National Security)

The patriot act is an act of congress that was signed by former president George W. Bush into on October 26, 2001 in the United States of America. The act was brought about as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States and; were meant to improve police and surveillance powers. At that time of the crisis national security was of significant importance, even at the extent of sacrificing the privacy and other rights of the citizens.

Therefore, the aim of this paper is to analyze how the patriot act has enhanced national security in the United States, post 9/11.

Effects of the Act in enhancing national Security:

The patriot act brought about a lot of changes and improvements in the administration and running of national security in the United States. This paper would therefore, take brief look of some of these enhancements and improvements that the enactment of the act brought about in the United States post 9/11.

One of the key features of the act was the enhancement of the powers of security services to detect and prevent terrorism. The aim here is for the security services to be able identify terrorist and likely planned terrorist activities that could be of any threat to the nation and then take measures to prevent such from happening.

Another key section of the act also deals with the need to prevent the use of international money laundering in the financing of terrorist activities anywhere in the world. The idea is to prevent laundered funds from finding their way into the hands of terrorist or terrorist organizations. Terrorist need money to finance and coordinate their activities, therefore, by making sure that laundered funds are not channeled towards financing and helping the operations of terrorist it would cripple their activities.

Another feature of the act is the need for greater cooperation in the area of information sharing and coordination to ensure the protection of critical infrastructure. The aim is to enable the security services to counter terrorist operations that cut across national boundaries.

The USA Patriot Act from the above discussion has brought about great changes in terms of US national security.