http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/20/politics/20PATR.html Attorney General John Ashcroft began a nationwide tour in defense of the USA Patriot Act, telling a conservative Washington audience that to abandon it "would senselessly imperil American lives and American liberty, and it would ignore the lessons of Sept. 11," the New York Times reports. Critics say the law gives the federal government too much power, but Ashcroft said the statute "gives us the technological tools to anticipate, adapt and out-think our terrorist enemy . . .
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