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August 14, 2002

Has Ashcroft Ever Read the Constitution?

Los Angeles Times: Camps for Citizens: Ashcroft's Hellish Vision by Jonathan Turley.

"Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft's announced desire for camps for U.S. citizens he deems to be "enemy combatants" has moved him from merely being a political embarrassment to being a constitutional menace. Ashcroft's plan, disclosed last week but little publicized, would allow him to order the indefinite incarceration of U.S. citizens and summarily strip them of their constitutional rights and access to the courts by declaring them enemy combatants. The proposed camp plan should trigger immediate congressional hearings and reconsideration of Ashcroft's fitness for this important office. Whereas Al Qaeda is a threat to the lives of our citizens, Ashcroft has become a clear and present threat to our liberties."

When will there be enough of these dangerous embarassments to bring things to a Tipping Point? Just in time for the mid-term elections, I hope!