Fortress America: More Eyes On You

Do the feds need more power to fight terrorism? The Attorney General says yes

When Attorney General John Ashcroft proposed new antiterrorist legislation last week, he wanted Congress to approve it within days. At the White House, there was some annoyance that he set the deadline without consulting first. But maybe Ashcroft was right to think he had to act fast, and not only because he needs to crack terrorist networks before they can strike again. He also needs to head off resistance from people across the political spectrum who think the Justice Department already has all the power it needs. The things that Ashcroft wants--expanded power to tap phones, sift through e-mail and detain...

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