What is a short summary of the Patriot Act?

I know it was a bill passed by Bush after the unfortunate 9/11 incident. But I don't understand what the bill does; all the sites are too technical with the explanation. Can someone briefly explain this policy anywhere from 3-5 sentences? Thanks in advance for helping me understand this better! :)

3 Answers

  • Jay P
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    No it's way to broad to cover in that short of a paragraph. In general, the Patriot Act makes it easier for the government to track the activities of and to gather information regarding suspected terrorists. Here is some more on some of the key provisions.


    When it comes to being able to predict or prevent criminal and terrorist activity, monitoring communication is vital. The Patriot Act addresses three different kinds of communications monitoring. The first deals with telephone conversations, the second with face-to-face meetings, and the third with electronic communications, such as email and voice mail. The Patriot Act still requires court orders for monitoring certain conversations and meetings, but the act provides greater leniency in obtaining the necessary information.

    Foreign Intelligence

    It is imperative for anti-terrorist agencies to monitor foreign intelligence. Since it is possible for a foreign national to be engaged in terrorist activities, the Patriot Act provides greater flexibility in putting foreign nationals under surveillance. It also provides for accessing emails and voice mails from foreign nationals using third-party servers, as long as the service provider grants permission. It also allows for placing foreign nationals under "roving" surveillance, allowing the individuals to move around, while still maintaining surveillance.


    Terrorism requires financing, and the Patriot Act gives banking and financial institutions the power to gather information about certain bank accounts. The Patriot Act also makes it harder to open a bank account without having proper identification. Since terrorists often have access to large sums of money, financial institutions now report any transaction of over 10,000 dollars to the federal government. While this requirement existed prior to the Patriot Act, additional amendments within the act also require individuals receiving more than $10,000 in cash to file a report with the Internal Revenue Service, regardless of whether the money is deposited or not. In addition, if the account holder has been identified as a potential suspect in either a drug-related or terrorism-related case, any transactions over $5,000 must be reported to the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

    Search Warrants

    The Patriot Act provides for a new search warrant, known as a "sneak and peek" warrant. Unlike conventional search warrants, which notify the property owner a search is commencing, the "sneak and peek" warrants happen clandestinely. This prevents the person who owns the property from knowing law enforcement officials have searched the property. In fact, if someone removes an item from the property during the search, duplicate items are sometimes left behind in order to prevent the property owner from being alerted to the search.

    Additional Provisions

    Other provisions in the Patriot Act include paying higher rewards for information leading to terrorist arrests. The act also allows for easier government access to classified data, as well as permitting DNA samples to be taken from any prisoner convicted of a federal crime relating to either terrorism or violence.

  • mable
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Usa federal legislation that used to be enacted following the terror attacks on 11th of September, 2001. Underneath this act, the federal government and its gotten smaller officials are allowed to track and monitor communication between participants as a way to hinder crimes and other acts of terror. Mobilephone conversations, emails, textual content messages and different varieties of communique is also monitored on a steady basis if a knowledge danger has been recognized.

  • 5 years ago

    spying on the necessary evil people as well as the decent people correct......

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