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Ashcroft in Boston Tuesday Morning 9/9/01 (english)
06 Sep 2003
Modified: 10:42:14 PM
John Ashcroft is coming to Faneuil Hall this Tuesday, September 9th for a 9:20 am speech to a handpicked audience consisting primarily of law enforcement personnel.
John Ashcroft is coming to Faneuil Hall this Tuesday, September 9th for a 9:20 am speech to a handpicked audience consisting primarily of law enforcement personnel. He had a similar exclusive meeting in Boise, Idaho on August 25. His speech is posted here:

A short biography: After John Ashcroft lost a bid for a US senate seat to a dead person in 2000, GW Bush nominated him for the position of US Attorney General. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate by a narrow margin. A self-professed "born again Christian", Mr Ashcroft has been quoted as saying that Jesus and God are the "king" of America. got it...the head of the US Justice Department takes his orders directly from an imaginary Sky King. In his spare time MR. Ashcroft enjoys writing songs which mingle religious and patriotic cliches, and then performing them Karaoke-style for captive Christian audiences.

In his current tour to defend the USA Patriot Act, Ashcroft speaks in vague terms of his "achievements", tossing around the word "terrorist" and its numerous variants. He proudly touts his "investigations", "charges", and "subpoenas", most of which have apparently led to nothing but increased government snooping and spending and bigger bureaucracies.

A letter writer in the Salt Lake City Tribune informed us that, during a stop on his tour, Ashcroft's thugs used a decoy vehicle to keep the poor Ayatollah from facing the crowds of protesters as he left his private meeting with cops.

Here's some of his Boise patter:

ASHCROFT: "Around this nation, we can point to quiet, steady progress because of the combined and cooperative efforts of law enforcement and intelligence: We have dismantled four alleged terrorist cells in Buffalo, Detroit, Seattle and Portland;We have brought criminal charges against 255 individuals;"

What sort of criminal charges? Do they have any merit? How has this made the country safer?

ASHCROFT: "132 individuals have been convicted or pled guilty, including shoe-bomber Richard Reid, "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, six members of the Buffalo cell, and two members of the Detroit cell; "

Who are the other 122? And "convicted and pled guilty" to WHAT? parking tickets?

ASHCROFT: "We have deported more than 515 individuals with links to the September 11th investigation;"

Now here's some real double talk.... they merely have "links to the 9-11 INVESTIGATION"! What links did they have to the actual EVENTS of 9-11??? And does this "deporting" include airlifting the Bin Laden family, with whom the Bush family has business connections, out of Boston after 9-11?

ASHCROFT: "Our human sources of intelligence have doubled; our counter-terrorism investigations have doubled in one year; "

Doubling investigations only means more money. What is the number that was doubled? What have these investigations uncovered other than the right's secret love affair for big government?

ASHCROFT: Over 18,000 subpoenas and search warrants have been issued; and

Oh goodie...a subpoena factory. What have these 18,000 produced? just over 100 secret convictions? That's an admirable track record.

ASHCROFT: We have built our long-term counter-terrorism capacity by adding: Over 1,000 new and redirected FBI agents to counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence; 250 new Assistant U.S. Attorneys; and 66 Joint Terrorism Task Forces.

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Who is organizing a protest? (english)
06 Sep 2003
Some folks from Democratic Underground are heading over as a group. Is there anyone organizing a more formal group?
Heeeeeeeeeere's Johnny! (english)
06 Sep 2003
Here's Johnny
Ashcroft's visit (english)
06 Sep 2003
I don't know about organized groups, but we should tell everyone we know, particularly group leaders.
The DisOrganized Resistance will be there... (english)
06 Sep 2003
And we will be as disorganized and rambunctious as always.