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Ashcroft details uses of Patriot Act

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posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 08:41 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seeking to bolster support for the Patriot Act, the Justice Department provided Congress on Tuesday with details of numerous cases in which the anti-terrorism law has been used.

The 29-page report is part of a Bush administration effort to discourage Congress from weakening a law that critics say threatens civil liberties by giving authorities more latitude to spy on people. Key sections of the law expire at the end of 2005.

Now I'm sorry but I'm not happy with this at all. How can we believe this administration when they haven't given us specifics on names of who they've obtained.

The report says that in the period starting with the September 11 attacks and ending May 5, Justice Department terrorism investigations resulted in charges against 310 people, with 179 convictions or guilty pleas. The Patriot Act, it says, was instrumental in these cases.

Notice how they don't mention are Al Queda or terrorist. Just the number of "people" they've arrested. I hate John Ashcroft. He' s a bad seed in the Administration. All he's doing is just trying to scare us with his terrorist warnings.

posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 09:02 AM
Ashcroft... the man should have stuck with his singing.

"The ACLU said the Justice Department also continues to inflate its claims of Patriot Act success. Numerous investigative reports have revealed that while the DOJ prosecuted about 180 cases defined as international terrorism, close to half received jail sentences of less than a year and involved low-level immigration offenses.

The report also highlights that fact the Patriot Act, touted as an anti-terrorism tool, is frequently used in non-terrorism cases."

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-koji K.

[edit on 14-7-2004 by koji_K]

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 12:00 PM
Folks, this is a war against the citizens of the United States, plain and simple. Anyone who thinks they are not in danger of somehow falling prey to the Patriot Act's provisions are naive in the extreme. All it would take is one person in a position of power to ACCUSE you of something, and you're toast.

The Patriot Act and its companion MUST be reviewed ammended! Asscroft's attempts to stifle this debate completely flies in face of all freedom-loving people.

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