"The United States Resolution to Our Own Internal War on Terror"

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"The terrorists have not lost the will or the ability to attack us. The USA PATRIOT ACT is vital to the war on terror and defending our citizens against a ruthless enemy.". This is a direct quote from President Bush about the reauthorization of the PATRIOT ACT. In 2001 our country was delicate, and very vulnerable to terrorism. Violence outside and inside the United States was a major problem. The PATRIOT ACT was formed because of the terroristic activities. It is for the purpose of fighting terrorism in the United States, and overseas. Evidently this Act is not only protecting our countries, but the surrounding ones as well. The PATRIOT ACT is very successful, and extremely necessary, although there are many who oppose.

USA PATRIOT Act stands for Uniting And Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. George W. Bush signed the Act on October 26, 2001.

March 2, 2006 with a vote of 89 to 11 the senate, and on March 7 with a vote of 7280 to 138 in the house it was renewed.

Since the war on terror started our nation has had many significant victories. Numerous of these victories are direct outcomes of the widespread knowledge sharing and investigation tools provided by the PATRIOT ACT. This Act changed many laws including but not limited to immigration, banking, and money laundering laws. Important variations were even made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Although the constitution thoroughly defines terrorism, section 802 of the PATRIOT ACT made a new category of crime named " Domestic Terrorism". Domestic Terrorism is defined as activities that: (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the U.S or of any state, (B) appear to...