The Department of Justice has answered hundreds of questions from members of the Congress. The Patriot Act authorized better sharing of information between law enforcement and intelligence. White House photo by Eric Draper. How in the heck can people expect us to protect our country when you can't share intelligence with people who are investigating? The Patriot Act ended all these double standards. The Patriot Act also has updated the law to meet high-tech threats like computer espionage and cyber-terrorism. Before the Patriot Act it was easier to get the credit card receipts of a tax cheat than that of an al Qaeda bank-roller.
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How in the heck can people expect us to protect our country when you can't share intelligence with people who are investigating?
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For example, before the Patriot Act, Internet providers who notified federal authorities about threatening emails ran the risk of getting sued. Maybe that happens a lot; maybe it doesn't. All following user names refer to en. Before the Patriot Act, investigators could follow the calls of mobsters who switched cell phones, but not terrorists who switched cell phones. The Patriot Act authorized better sharing of information between law enforcement and intelligence. It happens too often in our society, by the way. Needless to say, that stopped some people from sharing threatening emails -- nobody likes to get sued.