Changing The Definition Of Terrorism And Terrorist Organizations

The USA Patriot Bill once it was introduced was a heavily debated piece of legislation. The legislation has not been proposed with modifications due to changing concerns of terrorism activities and public safety. Title IV of the amended bill tends to diminish personal fundamental freedoms by changing the definitions of terrorism and terrorist organizations as well as making people’s financial information. This sharing of information has stirred constitutional concerns in attempting to weigh them against public safety concerns that do not necessarily involve antiterrorism activities.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Can the criminalization of association pass constitutional muster?
Can the new separate crime that was designated under the use of encryption technology pass constitutional muster?

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