Patriot Act

The USA PATRIOT Act was signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. In response to the September 11 attacks, Congress passed legislation to strengthen national security. It has been criticized for its authorization of indefinite detentions of immigrants; the permission given to law enforcement to search a home or business without owner consent; the expanded use of National Security Letters, which allows the FBI to search telephone, e-mail, and financial records without a court order; and the expanded access of law enforcement agencies to business records.