August 25, 2002

Ashcroft On the Attack

The maniac in charge of the "Justice Department" is swooping down on 17 senators -- his former colleagues before voters turned him out of his Senate seat in favor of a challenger who was killed during the race. Ashcroft is demanding phone records, appointment calendars and schedules that would reveal their possible contact with reporters, according to a report in The Washington Post.

This is an indeed strange turn of events. The head of a renegade justice department in a rogue, unelected administration is attacking the privacy of members of the body whose job it is to oversee his very questionable activities.

Once again we have an assault by the fascistic administration against freedom of information. This is at the same time that Dick Cheney is stonewalling subpoenas that require him to turn over public information about his energy task force, in which criminal corporations like Enron wrote the national energy policy of the United States.

Events are moving very quickly, and have been since December 2000. America is being transformed rapidly into a hardcore corporate autocracy with an iron fist. Resistance has been slow in mobilizing. An extremely pressing question now is how far will this go before there is a meaningful response from the American people? Is this the end of government of the people, for the people and by the people? Or will Americans finally stand up against this attack on America from within? And if they do, will it be too late?

-- By David Cogswell

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