US Attorney General John Ashcroft wants to take away your rights. Here’s the latest from a story in MSNBC.com
ASHCROFT ISSUED his warning in testifying before the House Judiciary Committee in favor of far-reaching measures to ramp up the war on terrorism, telling lawmakers, “Every day that passes with outdated statutes and the old rules of engagement is a day that terrorists have a competitive advantage.”
Ashcroft urged quick passage of new police powers sought by the Bush administration, including the authority to detain aliens suspected of ties to terrorists indefinitely and without the right to appeal. The administration also wants wiretap evidence obtained in other countries in violation of the Fourth Amendment to be admissible in court.
In addition, the administration is asking for secret court authorization for wiretaps, longer jail terms for terrorists, access to users’ Internet information without a court order and authority to review telephone voice-mail messages with only a search warrant.
Some of the measures raised red flags for Democrats and advocates of civil liberties. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the committee’s ranking Democrat, said he and others were “deeply troubled” by the constitutional implications.
“Past experience has taught us that today’s weapon against terrorism may be tomorrow’s law against law-abiding Americans,” Conyers said.
Ashcroft said he was sure the bill would pass constitutional muster. “We are conducting this effort with a total commitment to protect the rights and privacy of all Americans and the constitutional protections we hold dear,” he said.
John Ashcroft is full of ****. How can he say this effort is made with a “total commitment to hold the rights and privacy of all Americans and the constitutional protectioncs we all hold dear,” when he is proposing suspending the forth amendment with regards to overseas wiretaps?
OK, let me get this straight. Suspending the forth Amendment of the BILL OF RIGHTS is “respecting … the constitutional protections we all hold dear.” Yeah, if you think that’s true then I got some oceanfront property in Oklahoma that I’ll see you at a real cheap price.