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Ashcroft defiant before 9/11 commission

U.S. Attorney-General John Ashcroft marginalized the fight against global terrorism, rejecting his own department’s urgent appeal for more money one day before suicide hijackers slammed planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, according to a staff report from the independent panel probing the attacks. The report, issued yesterday, portrays Mr. Ashcroft as blasé about the rising terrorist threat and too preoccupied with combatting drug trafficking — a characterization that Mr. Ashcroft vehemently rejected in his testimony before the 9/11 commission. He praised President George W. Bush’s administration for knocking down legal and bureaucratic walls that hampered previous presidents’ counterterrorism efforts.Full Story

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