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  John Ashcroft - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ashcroft was previously a U.S. Senator from Missouri (1995–2001) and the Governor of Missouri (1985–1993).
In 1994 Ashcroft was elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri.
Ashcroft's positions on privacy and civil liberties measures made him an extremely disliked figure among libertarian, left-wing and liberal groups, and groups opposed to the Bush administration often mentioned him as epitomizing all the reasons for their opposition.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/John_Ashcroft   (2211 words)

  
 John David Ashcroft - dKosopedia
John David Ashcroft (born May 9, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois) was the 79th Attorney General of the United States.
Ashcroft was educated in Springfield, Missouri, and at Yale University, where he graduated in 1964.
Many liberal commentators claimed that Ashcroft used the threat of terrorism to further political goals; one prominent example was a news conference held in May of 2004, which critics claimed was an attempt to distract attention from a drop in the approval ratings of President Bush, who at the time was campaigning for re-election.
www.dkosopedia.com /index.php/John_Ashcroft   (774 words)

  
 John Ashcroft Encyclopedia @ NaturalResearch.org (Natural Research)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Following his Senatorial defeat, Ashcroft was nominated as U.S. Attorney General by president-elect in December 2000.
Ashcroft was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 58-42, with most of the Democratic Senators voting against him, citing his previous opposition of desegregation and abortion rights.
Representative John Conyers described this at the time as a "stunning ethical breach that cries out for an immediate investigation."[14] Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter asking for a formal investigation of the time between the start of Rove's investigation and John Ashcroft's recusal[15]:
www.naturalresearch.org /encyclopedia/John_Ashcroft   (1756 words)

  
 John David Ashcroft - SourceWatch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Ashcroft was a member of Yale University's class of 1964, an honor he shared with James Gustave Gus Speth.
Ashcroft has been outspoken in his opposition to abortion rights and was cricized by civil rights groups for opposing the nomination of a fl Missouri Supreme Court justice to the federal bench.
Prosecutor in terror case controversy sues Ashcroft (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-02-17-ashcroft-sued_x.htm), USA Today, February 17, 2004: "A federal prosecutor in a major terrorism case in Detroit has taken the rare step of suing Attorney General John Ashcroft, alleging the Justice Department interfered with the case, compromised a confidential informant and exaggerated results in the war on terrorism.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=John_David_Ashcroft   (1211 words)

  
 John Ashcroft Page
Having Ashcroft serve as AG is especially important to the conservative movement because he provides a rare bridge between the free-market economic wing of the GOP and the Christers in the social wing.
Ashcroft tried to delay and defeat the 1996 nomination of Margaret Morrow, claiming she was a liberal activist who should be kept from the bench because of her efforts to promote pro bono legal work.
Ashcroft made several inquiries to the Justice Department on behalf of the dentist, according to Gordon Baum, head of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a militant white racialist group headquartered in Missouri, and the Post-Dispatch.
www.tylwythteg.com /enemies/Ashcroft/ashcroft.html   (6708 words)

  
 John Ashcroft's Legacy
Ashcroft and the DOJ staff have used the misleading phrase "terrorism related investigations" to give the American people the false impression that the thousands of men whom it detained had some connection to terrorism.
Ashcroft was a master of hyperbole, trumpeting his department's successes in unraveling imaginary terrorist threats and sleeper cells, such as Jose Padilla's foiled "dirty bomb" plot that was never actually planned, and probably didn't involve a dirty bomb.
Ashcroft has reminded millions of us that, as Thomas Jefferson warned, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilence." Across the country, nearly four hundred communities and four state legislatures have passed resolutions or ordinances affirming the constitutional rights of their 56 million residents.
www.commondreams.org /views05/0216-31.htm   (1001 words)

  
 People For the American Way - John Ashcroft's First Year as Attorney General
John Ashcroft's tenure as attorney general threatens to reverse the nation's progress toward the goal of equal justice under the law and usher in a new era of civil liberties restrictions and civil rights abuses.
Ashcroft's response to those attacks has been marked by a troubling willingness to amend our laws and Constitution by executive fiat and by a consistent disrespect for the role of the Congress and the courts in reviewing executive branch actions.
Ashcroft and the rest of the administration's right-wing dream team, which has been called the most conservative in modern history, are now playing a central role in efforts to seat enough right-wing judges to complete a decades-long campaign by the far right to achieve complete ideological dominance in the federal judiciary.
www.pfaw.org /pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=576   (853 words)

  
 BARF Feature: Deconstructing John Ashcroft
In the wake of published reports quoting Attorney General-designate John Ashcroft as proclaiming "we have no king but Jesus" to students at Bob Jones University, Republican defenders have been quick to insist that Ashcroft was only stating his personal convictions.
These questions are all the more important when some have observed that Ashcroft's ideological beliefs may run so deep that though he may think he is enforcing the law, to observers he very well may not.
John Ashcroft, like every other American citizen, is entitled to believe whatever he wants to believe in his personal life.
www.barf.org /ashcroft   (1429 words)

  
 Ashcroft, Evans To Leave Cabinet (washingtonpost.com)
Ashcroft provided reliable fodder for Democrats on the campaign trail and served as a visible representative of the evangelical Christians who played a crucial role in reelecting the president.
Ashcroft Resigns: The attorney general resigned Tuesday, one of the first two members of the Cabinet to quit before the start of a second term.
Ashcroft's nomination was the subject of a pitched battle in the Senate, which confirmed his appointment in February 2001 by a modest margin along partisan lines.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A37503-2004Nov9.html   (657 words)

  
 John Ashcroft's Patriot Games JUDY BACHRACH / Vanity Fair 1feb04
Ashcroft was an exceptional student and "very ambitious," even in junior high school, recalls his childhood friend Robert Adams, who visited the family in their modest ranch-style home, on the rural outskirts of Spring-field.
Ashcroft had, it was swiftly discovered, a thin skin for a politician, and an almost bottomless capacity to nurse grudges.
But Ashcroft spread the word that the judge not only was "pro-criminal" but had "a tremendous bent toward criminal activity," since he was "soft" on the death penalty (which was untrue: from the bench, White had voted 70 percent of the time to affirm the death penalty).
www.mindfully.org /Reform/2004/Ashcroft-Patriot-Games1feb04.htm   (6131 words)

  
 Online NewsHour: John Ashcroft
Raised in the small city of Springfield, Ashcroft is the son and grandson of Assemblies of God ministers.
Ashcroft is also known for his attempts to reform the welfare system.
Ashcroft tends to side with business interests, supporting a bill that unions opposed which would allow employers to compensate for overtime with compensatory time in lieu of overtime pay.
www.pbs.org /newshour/inauguration/transition/ashcroft.html   (464 words)

  
 Ashcroft, John (Harpers.org)
Attorney General John Ashcroft said he wanted to rewrite the FBI's guidelines to allow the agency to spy on domestic political and religious groups; the rules in question were imposed in the 1970s because of significant civil-rights abuses that occurred under the J. Edgar Hoover regime.
Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the Justice Department investigation of the White House's exposure of an undercover CIA agent, and a special counsel was named to oversee the inquiry.
Attorney General John Ashcroft defended issuing subpoenas for abortion records and said that the records were necessary to find out whether doctors who have sued to overturn the ban on so-called partial-birth abortions are telling the truth when they say they have performed the procedure out of medical necessity.
www.harpers.org /JohnAshcroft.html   (1819 words)

  
 Reason: John Kerry’s Dark Record on Civil Liberties: The Democratic candidate is no friend to the Bill of Rights.
Then it was Sen. John Ashcroft (R-Mo.) who argued alongside the ACLU in favor of the individual’s right to encrypt messages and export encryption software.
Ashcroft "was kind of the go-to guy for all of us on the Republican side of the Senate," recalls David Sobel, general counsel of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Ashcroft’s predecessor at the Justice Department, Janet Reno, wanted to force companies to create a "clipper chip" for the government -- a chip that could "unlock" the encryption codes individuals use to keep their messages private.
www.reason.com /0410/fe.jb.john.shtml   (2324 words)

  
 BBC News | AMERICAS | Profile: John Ashcroft
"John Ashcroft is an extremist; he has a record of insensitivity, if not outright hostility towards women and minorities," said civil rights activist Judith Schaefer.
His father was a minister in the church, and a dominant influence on the young John Ashcroft, who attended Hillcrest High School in Springfield.
John Ashcroft's wife, Janet, has described her husband, a non-smoker and non-drinker, as "a man of integrity and decency and honesty, and compassion".
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/americas/1120440.stm   (888 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Report: Bush picks Gonzales to replace Ashcroft   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Ashcroft and Evans are the first members of the Cabinet to announce they will leave since Bush's re-election.
Ashcroft, an evangelical Christian, is a favorite of social conservatives.
Ashcroft championed many of the most controversial government responses after the Sept. 11 attacks, most notably the USA Patriot Act.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2004-11-09-ashcroft-evans_x.htm   (853 words)

  
 The case against John Ashcroft. By Robert Weisberg and David Mills
Ashcroft has rightly been accused of ignoring basic civil liberties in the interests of combating terrorism—gaining new powers for more extensive wiretaps and more invasive searches based on national security pretexts.
Ashcroft's defenders may argue that the problem is not his effectiveness but, rather, the constraints of due process.
Perhaps Ashcroft's defenders would say that he's performing well but is overwhelmed by the devious brilliance of the terrorist criminals—who are so clever in hiding their behavior and plans that no amount of hard investigative work could succeed in uncovering their plans.
www.slate.com /id/2108766   (1563 words)

  
 John Ashcroft
Ashcroft opposed White, who was the first fl judge on the Missouri Supreme Court, saying he was “pro-criminal” and “anti-death penalty.” However, records indicate that White voted for the death penalty in 41 out of 59 cases.
Ashcroft, a Republican senator from Missouri, lost his reelection bid in November to Gov. Mel Carnahan, who died in a plane crash in October, a few weeks before the election.
Ashcroft was elected to the Senate in 1995 and served as Missouri's governor from 1984 to 1992.
www.factmonster.com /ipka/A0880276.html   (220 words)

  
 George W. Bush's Cabinet: Attorney General John Ashcroft
John Ashcroft stepped down as attorney general shortly after the 2004 elections.
As a senator from Missouri, John Ashcroft received generous campaign contributions from companies such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Monsanto that were based in his home state.
Ashcroft was one of only a handful of senators sponsoring a bill to extend the patent on Schering-Plough’s ultra-profitable allergy pill, Claritin.
www.opensecrets.org /bush/cabinet/cabinet.ashcroft.asp   (176 words)

  
 CNN.com - Ashcroft, Evans resign from Cabinet - Nov 9, 2004
Ashcroft, a former senator and two-term governor of Missouri, has garnered criticism during his nearly four years as attorney general on issues like the Patriot Act, which backers say helps the government in its fight against terrorism and critics say infringes on civil liberties.
In July, Ashcroft released a progress report and said the Patriot Act "saves lives" and was "al Qaeda's worst nightmare." Portions of the law are set to expire in December 2005.
Ashcroft was treated for gallstone pancreatitis in March, and his recovery kept him out of the office for nearly a month.
www.cnn.com /2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/09/cabinet.resignations   (685 words)

  
 John Ashcroft
His father was a minister in the church, and a dominant influence on the young John Ashcroft, who attended Hillcrest High School in Springfield.In his book, Lessons from a Father to his Son, Mr Ashcroft said he woke up every morning hearing "the magisterial wake-up call" of his father's prayers.
Missourians handed John Ashcroft a dubious historical distinction Tuesday, making him the first senator ever to be defeated by a dead man. Late governor Mel Carnahan, riding an eleventh-hour surge of St. Louis city votes, led Ashcroft 50-49 percent with 86 percent of precincts reporting.
Early in August, Ashcroft proposed a Camp that would allow him to order indefinite incarceration of U.S citizens, stripping them of their constitutional rights and access to attorneys, merely by declaring them to be enemy combatants, His proposal is related to two test cases.
www.zpub.com /un/ashcroft.html   (1791 words)

  
 John Ashcroft, Taliban Lite
First, John Ashcroft has a set of beliefs governing his personal life so bizarre and medieval as to call in question his ability to competently interpret, and establish priorities for enforcing, laws for those of us physically and mentally living in the year 2001.
Second, John Ashcroft is either a lying racist, or so stupid as to be unfit for the job.
Or, as is more likely the case, John Ashcroft knew and supported the magazine's views, thus making him a lying racist, the wrong person to being in charge of enforcing the nation's laws, the civil rights laws foremost among them.
www.therationalradical.com /outrages/john-ashcroft.htm   (424 words)

  
 John Ashcroft: Minister of Fear - CBS News
That Ashcroft overstated the threat of the Padilla Plot and of “dirty bombs” as weapons of mass destruction, shows with egregious clarity how willing Ashcroft is to use scare-tactics to grab headlines, control the news agenda and make himself look good.
On Monday, Ashcroft also said that, “a radioactive ‘dirty bomb’ involves exploding a conventional bomb that not only kills victims in the immediate vicinity, but also spreads radioactive material that is highly toxic to humans and can cause mass death and injury.”
Ashcroft was gently criticized then for scaring, not calming, in a way that didn’t make us safer or more prepared.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2002/06/12/opinion/meyer/main512021.shtml   (861 words)

  
 GOP Hypocrite of the Week: John Ashcroft -- A BuzzFlash Editorial
John Ashcroft, a man who wears his piety like a cheap raincoat, deeply appreciates that George W. Bush appointed him Attorney General.
After Ashcroft's testimony, Rove had the Republican echo chamber start the clamor for Gorelick to step down from the 9/11 Commission because, the GOP hypocrisy machine claimed, she was part of the group responsible for the intelligence failures that led to 9/11.
John Ashcroft may think that he is carrying out the work of God, but how does he know that is not Satan, disguised as God, who is whispering into his ear?
www.buzzflash.com /editorial/04/04/edi04029.html   (512 words)

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