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Ashcroft defends war on terrorism

No demonstrators are present as details of his visit to Sacramento are largely kept secret. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft swept through Sacramento on Wednesday for a pep talk with federal workers and anti-terrorism agents, and delivered an impassioned defense of the nation’s war on terrorism and its impacts on Americans. “We know that our freedom requires constant vigilance,” Ashcroft said during a press conference at Sacramento’s federal building downtown. “While we celebrate the fact that no major terrorist attack has occurred on American soil since September 11, we must continue to adapt, anticipate and outthink our adversaries.” Part of that strategy includes using the controversial USA Patriot Act, which became law in October 2001 and gives federal officials sweeping new surveillance and investigative authority. Full Story

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