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Ashcroft Faces Critics on Patriot Act

Lawmakers want to hear Attorney General John Ashcroft explain whether the Justice Department’s new anti-terrorism powers should be renewed and talk about the department’s treatment of immigrants following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Ashcroft, with his appearance in front of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, likely will give his first public reaction to a Justice Department report that complained about treatment of illegal aliens held after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The Justice Department inspector general found “significant problems” in the Bush administration’s actions toward 762 foreigners held on immigration violations after Sept. 11. Only one, Zacarias Moussaoui, has been charged with any terrorism-related crime; 505 have been deported. While department officials have said no laws were broken, Ashcroft himself has been silent and did not take questions from reporters at the Justice Department Wednesday. Full Story

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