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Anti-Terrorism Legislation: Surveillance &Wiretap Laws Developing Necessary and Constitutional Tools for Law Enforcement

On October 26, 2001, President George W. Bush signed into law the USAPATRIOT Act of 2001, giving the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence services critical new powers to detect, investigate and pursue terrorism and terrorist threats faced by the citizens of the United States. Reflecting on the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the President said the new law would protect constitutional rights while “preventing more atrocities in the hands of the evil ones.”