The USA Patriot Act. Aaron Nishina Jon Gerard Ricky Sood . The USA Patriot Act . Formal definition: the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Tools Required To Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USAPA). History Behind The Computing Policies of the USAPA.
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“Surveillance of communications is an essential tool to pursue and stop terrorists. The existing laws were written in the era of rotary telephones. This bill met with an overwhelming support in Congress because it upholds and respects civil liberties.
“It seems clear that the vast majority of sections included have not been carefully studied by Congress, nor was sufficient time taken to debate it or hear testimony from experts. The civil liberties of ordinary Americans have taken a tremendous blow”
“Critics of the USAPA have suggested that it may have gone too far. The Act itself responds to some of these reservations. Many of the wiretapping amendments sunset on December 2005. The Fourth Amendment protects private conversations, but it does not cloak even highly personal information [such as ISP records].”