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Ashcroft Wants Broader Anti-Terror Powers

Attorney General John Ashcroft asked Congress Thursday for expanded powers to hold suspected terrorists indefinitely before trials and to let him seek the death penalty or life imprisonment for any terrorist act. Ashcroft told the House Judiciary Committee that the 2001 Patriot Act signed into law after the Sept. 11 attacks should also be expanded to let prosecutors bring charges against anyone who supports or works with suspected terrorist groups as “material supporters.” “The law has several weaknesses which terrorists could exploit, undermining our defenses,” Ashcroft said. Ashcroft, who held up copies of al-Qaida’s declarations of war against America and read aloud some of the names of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, said new penalties in the USA Patriot Act have helped the Justice Department prevent more terrorist attacks in America. Full Story

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