http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A51538-2003Aug12?language=printer Attorney General John Ashcroft will make a cross-country tour next week to defend the USA Patriot Act and other legislation as vital tools in the fight against terrorism, says the Washington Post. Justice Department officials said the appearances at more than a dozen stops from Philadelphia to Salt Lake City will be aimed at countering criticism from civil liberties groups and some lawmakers that authorities have gone too far in wielding antiterrorism powers . . .
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