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November 2003 , Page 4 

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Ashcroft must be stopped

By E.E. (Bo) Edwards

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Since becoming Attorney General, John Ashcroft has waged a campaign of secrecy, intimidation, and coercion to transfer power from the Legislative and Judicial Branches to his own office. His efforts to expand and solidify this power are now accelerating. He must be stopped. Immediately.

If Ashcroft continues to successfully browbeat those attempting to slow his attack on our Constitution, the damage may be beyond repair, and the consequences disastrous.

In short, Ashcroft has orchestrated the elimination of fundamental rights, the chilling of political speech and dissent, the severe constraint of our judiciary’s independence, an increase in our overflowing prison population, and a blatant disregard for states’ rights. He is attacking the very laws that protect us from the potential — and often real — tyranny of the federal government.

Our constitutional system of government is too successful and too precious to be subverted and permanently disfigured by

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