It was widely know that Attorney General John Ashcroft enjoyed the campaign trail during his tenure at Missouri Governor and Senator. Now, Ashcroft hits the campaign trail again only this time he’s selling Bush Administration policy. Ashcroft has been sent out by the administration to shore up support for the USA Patriot Act, which has come under fire by civil libertarians. The act won passage after the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks. It gives law enforcement expanded powers to identify, track and arrest suspects. Critics say it gives them too much power and is too invasive. Ashcroft will speak before friendly groups in defending the law. He plans to speak to law enforcement organizations and conservative groups in states such as Iowa, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio.
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