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SLUG: 2-304039 Ashcroft / Patriot (S)
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DATE=6/5/03

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=ASHCROFT / PATRIOT ACT (S)

NUMBER=2-304039

BYLINE=DAN ROBINSON

DATELINE=CAPITOL HILL

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INTRO: U-S Attorney General John Ashcroft has urged Congress to strengthen a law which gives authorities wide new powers to track down potential terrorists. Mr. Ashcroft appeared before a congressional committee examining whether enforcement of the U-S-A Patriot Act, approved overwhelmingly by Congress after the 2001 terrorist attacks, threatens privacy and civil liberties. V-O-A's Dan Robinson reports:

TEXT: Many lawmakers believe the Justice Department is going too far in how it interprets and enforces the Patriot Act.

Mr. Ashcroft, believes the law is vital to the war on terrorism:

/// ASHCROFT ACT ///

We use these tools to collect intelligence and to prevent terrorists from unleashing more death and destruction within our country. We use these tools to connect the dots. We use these tools to save innocent lives.

/// END ACT ///

A recent report by Mr. Ashcroft's own Justice Department raised questions about the treatment of foreigners detained and later deported on illegal immigration charges.

Maxine Waters is a California congresswoman:

/// WATERS ACT ///

We are concerned about the way that you have used your power, the way that you have detained immigrants.

/// END ACT ///

Thursday's hearing was the latest examination by Congress of how the new anti-terrorism powers are being used. (signed)

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