Just days after announcing his resignation as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has launched a verbal attack against federal judges he claims are jeopardizing national security with their rulings. In particular, the former Missouri Governor and U.S. Senator is concerned about decisions regarding the conduct of the war against terror. Speaking in Washington to the Federalist Society, a group of conservative lawyers, Ashcroft blasted what he calls judicial oversight and second guessing of presidential determinations in a time of war. Ashcroft believes the President must have the constitutional authority to make decisions during wartime. The Justice Department announced, this week, it would appeal a judge’s ruling regarding a terror suspect being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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