Civil Liberties: The War Comes Back Home

Can Attorney General John Ashcroft fight terrorism on our shores without injuring our freedoms?

Standing on the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln last week, George W. Bush declared the Iraq war largely over. It was a majestic occasion even if you knew that its majesty had been carefully stage-managed. Bush, who had just the right windswept-but-presidential look, had apparently even taken the controls for part of the flight from San Diego to the Lincoln. The White House could hardly have done more to ensure a big audience; the speech interrupted that hallowed American tradition called Friends. The central purpose of all the pageantry was to soothe us: We're winning the war on terrorism, the...

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