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Monday, February 10, 2003

Another critic of John Ashcroft speaks up:
The protections of the Fourth Amendment are clear. The right to protection from unlawful searches is an indivisible American value. Two hundred years of court decisions have stood in defense of this fundamental right. The state's interest in effective crime-fighting should never vitiate the citizens' Bill of Rights.

So who is this staunch defender of our civil liberties? Why it's former Missouri Senator and current Attorney General of the United States John Ashcroft in an article he wrote in 1997. I'd like to see Ashcroft testify before a Senate committee and have a Senator say that to him, without citing the source, and see what his response would be. (Of course, it would have to be either Russ Feingold or a rookie senator, because everyone else in the Senate is guilty of having voted for the USA Patriot Act in October 2001.)