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The Patriot Act

Passed in the fervor and fear of 9/11, the Patriot Act reduced and in some cases eliminated various restriction on law enforcement, including electronic surveillance, control over financial records and bank accounts, and detention of immigrants. It was a massive bill passed all-to-quickly by a bipartisan Congress in the aftermath of 9/11. The Patriot Act curtailed civil liberties, being overly-broad and applying to terrorist, suspect, and law aiding citizen alike.