USA Patriot Act

AAA

DEFINITION of 'USA Patriot Act'

A law passed shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States giving law enforcement agencies increased, broad powers to bring terrorists to justice. The USA Patriot Act is an acronym for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'USA Patriot Act'

Since its inception, the Patriot Act has been shrouded in controversy. Proponents of the act believe that it is a necessary evil in the face of new threats to America in the ever-changing international political climate. Civil libertarians see it as an unpatriotic means of limiting civil rights, infringing on free speech, interfering with freedom of the press and infringing on individual privacy rights.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Suspicious Activity Report - SAR

    One of the tools provided under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) as ...
  2. Property

    1. Anything over which a person or business has legal title. ...
  3. Personal Property

    A type of property which, in its most general definition, can ...
  4. Legislative Risk

    The risk that legislation by the government could significantly ...
  5. Exon-Florio Provision

    A provision that allows the president of the United States to ...
  6. Political Risk

    The risk that an investment's returns could suffer as a result ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. Why do brokers ask for personal information before they make any trades?

    According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), there are three main reasons why a broker will ask for personal ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Bonds & Fixed Income

    A Look At National Debt And Government Bonds

    Learn the functions of the U.S. Treasury, and find out how and why it issues debt.
  2. Options & Futures

    Terrorism's Effects On Wall Street

    Terrorist activity tends to have a negative impact on the markets. Find out how to take cover.
  3. Options & Futures

    Get To Know These Crucial US Options Market Regulations

    How are options regulated in the U.S and which organizations are involved in options market regulations?
  4. Economics

    The Impact Of Ending The US Embargo On Cuba

    Many argue that ending the US embargo on Cuba will not only make US consumers happy, but also help the US economy and bring more freedoms to Cuba.
  5. Economics

    Popular Places Where U.S. Citizens Need A Visa

    A U.S. passport will get you into many countries, but not everywhere. Here's how to visit five of the most popular destinations that require visas.
  6. Economics

    Are You the Victim of Unfair Labor Practices?

    If you are a union member, a union leader, or a manager at a company with an established union, you should understand unfair labor practices.
  7. Investing News

    What Affirmative Action Means for Regular Business

    What Affirmative Action means for your businesses today.
  8. Economics

    How To Pass The U.S. Citizenship Test

    The U.S. citizenship test includes a civics section some states may require high school grads to master. Here's what an immigrant must know to pass it.
  9. Personal Finance

    How Minimum Wage Impacts Unemployment

    We explain how the minimum wage affects unemployment, public assistance, and the economy overall.
  10. Bonds & Fixed Income

    How Diaspora Bonds Work

    Developing and emerging nations with sizable populations living overseas are using diaspora bonds to raise financing from emigrants.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Fixed Cost

    A cost that does not change with an increase or decrease in the amount of goods or services produced. Fixed costs are expenses ...
  2. Subsidy

    A benefit given by the government to groups or individuals usually in the form of a cash payment or tax reduction. The subsidy ...
  3. Sunk Cost

    A cost that has already been incurred and thus cannot be recovered. A sunk cost differs from other, future costs that a business ...
  4. Technical Skills

    1. The knowledge and abilities needed to accomplish mathematical, engineering, scientific or computer-related duties, as ...
  5. Prepaid Expense

    A type of asset that arises on a balance sheet as a result of business making payments for goods and services to be received ...
  6. Gordon Growth Model

    A model for determining the intrinsic value of a stock, based on a future series of dividends that grow at a constant rate. ...
Trading Center