The "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism" Act (USA PATRIOT Act), was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001 (Pub. L. No. 107-56, 115 Stat. 272), with the stated purpose to "deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes." The purpose of this research guide is to identify both print and electronic materials in the Chastek Library collection concerning the USA PATRIOT Act.
On December 13, 2003, President Bush broadened the powers of the USA PATRIOT Act by signing the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2004 (Pub. L. No. 108-177, 117 Stat. 2599), also known as Patriot II.
On March 9, 2006, President Bush extended the life of the original USA PATRIOT Act by signing the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Pub. L. No. 109-177, 120 Stat. 192).
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