Media Must Help Explain ‘Patriot Act,’ Ashcroft Asserts

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Attorney General John Ashcroft called on the press and television to dispel fears about the sweeping antiterrorism law known as the U.S.A. Patriot Act, which was enacted after the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Addressing two dozen editors, publishers, television executives and others, Ashcroft said, “We need the help of the news industry, the fourth estate, to inform citizens about the constitutional tools and methods being used in the war against terror. We need the media’s help, for instance, in portraying accurately the U.S.A. Patriot Act.”


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