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Bush Administration Plans Defense of Terror Law

The Bush administration, under increasing criticism over its terrorism policies, is beginning an unusual counteroffensive this week in an effort to shore up support for the prized legislation that grew out of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The pitchman for the campaign-style initiative is Attorney General John Ashcroft, a politically divisive figure who plans to deliver more than a dozen speeches around the country beginning on Tuesday in defense of the administration’s terrorism efforts. The campaign will take Mr. Ashcroft to states that are considered central to Mr. Bush’s 2004 re-election effort and where some political strategists say the administration’s tough antiterrorism tactics play well. The USA Patriot Act, as the sweeping legislation passed after 9/11 is known, has formed a cornerstone of the administration’s antiterrorism policies in giving law enforcement agents expanded powers to identify, track and apprehend suspects. Full Story

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