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Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001 at 8:45 PM
Look at the other garbage he's been involved in.... let's send these Tories back to England!!!!
Ashcroft just gets more frightening ....
Here's some more tidbits on his record "When he was U.S. senator from Missouri, Ashcroft sponsored Senate Bill 486, the ethamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act. The Legislative Group claims Ashcroft's proposal "would have empowered federal, state and local law
enforcement agencies to enter your house, your office, you computer or your car without a warrant and without any obligation to inform you that a search or seizure had been conducted."
Forget race -- Ashcroft's drug position is terrifying
Originally published Jan 21 2000
WE'RE ONLY 21 DAYS into the year 2001, and already Americans have gotten off
to a robust start in our favorite game: the Knee-Jerk Follies. One John
Ashcroft, opponent of abortion, affirmative action and gratuitous
gun-banning, among other things, has been nominated by President George W.
Bush to the influential post of U.S. attorney general.
Liberals reacted in knee-jerk fashion, swearing that this anti-abortion,
anti-affirmative action gun nut will be attorney general over their dead
bodies. Liberal, black, civil rights leaders got in on the act.
Ashcroft accepted an honorary degree from Bob Jones University, a college
which at the time had a ban on interracial dating and which regularly
He also did an interview with a magazine called Southern Partisan, in which
he called Confederate leaders "patriots." Liberal black leadership accused
Ashcroft of lacking the fawning sensitivity on racial matters some of us
colored folks have come to feel is our due.
Conservatives were equally knee-jerkish. They didn't exactly compare
Ashcroft's elevation to attorney general with the second coming of Christ,
but the suspicion is that, deep down, they had a hankering to.
They countered liberal objections by claiming that Ashcroft would enforce
the law as is; that he's well-qualified; that the nominee's torpedoing of the
confirmation of Missouri Judge Ron White, an African-American, to the federal
bench was not racially motivated but highly principled, and that Ashcroft is
not a racist.
The Senate Judiciary Committee went over all these charges. But neither
Republicans nor Democrats, the liberal media or the conservative media paid
much attention to the press releases of an organization that is nonpartisan
and has two board chairmen, one Democrat and one Republican.
The group is called Common Sense for Drug Policy. Its Legislative Group
issued several statements in the past week that paint a different picture of
Ashcroft than the one presented by Democrats or Republicans on the Senate
That no one brought these up proves that both Democrats and Republicans on
the committee and in the Senate know the fix is in for Ashcroft to be
confirmed and that both parties were engaged in a dog-and-pony show to
hoodwink American conservatives and liberals alike. Here, according to the
Common Sense for Drug Policy Legislative Group, are the facts on Ashcroft:
1) He favors cutting funds for drug treatment and prevention and putting
them into yet more law enforcement efforts. In other words, Ashcroft favors
the "lock 'em up" approach to the drug war - an approach whose adherents
figure that if we simply jail enough inner-city, street-level, black drug
dealers, we'll win the war on drugs.
Democrats couldn't nail Ashcroft on this, of course, since their attorney
general of the past eight years, Janet Reno, pursues precisely the same
policy. Had they brought it up, Republicans might well have countered that
Democrats couldn't honestly deny Ashcroft confirmation because the country
now has an attorney general who is Ashcroft in a skirt.
Kevin Zeese, executive director of Common Sense's Legislative Group, said
it's important that legislators scrutinize Ashcroft more closely on drug
"The attorney general is really the most powerful person when it comes to
drug policy. He generally prosecutes all the cases. The Drug Enforcement
Administration is under him."
2) When he was U.S. senator from Missouri, Ashcroft sponsored Senate Bill
486, the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act. The Legislative Group claims
Ashcroft's proposal "would have empowered federal, state and local law
enforcement agencies to enter your house, your office, your computer or your
car without a warrant and without any obligation to inform you that a search
or seizure had been conducted."
Had the law passed, Zeese said, "it would have been counter-revolutionary to
what Jefferson and Madison meant for Fourth Amendment rights." Regrettable,
but not surprising since the "war on drugs" is turning more into a war on
privacy and civil liberties every day. Most conservatives are too rigid to
admit that, but the four or five conservatives remaining in the country who
still value privacy and individual liberty had better give Ashcroft a second
3) As governor of Missouri, Ashcroft flagrantly violated the state
constitution by refusing to pass money from forfeited drug assets on to
public schools. Instead, he let his state police keep the dollars, even after
the Missouri Supreme Court ruled it was a violation of that state's
constitution. That was in 1990. In 1998, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that
- because Missouri state police passed on drug asset dollars to the Drug
Enforcement Administration, which would then return some of the money to
state police - the cops and the DEA had "successfully conspired to violate
the Missouri Constitution."
That's the Ashcroft whose supporters claim he will "enforce the law as it
is." It seems like Ashcroft, who used the word "integrity" no fewer than
three times when he spoke publicly after Bush announced his nomination for
attorney general, may have all the integrity of a true Missourian.
Of the Frank and Jesse James mold.
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