Ashcroft tour to plug terror bill

Laura Kamienski tkd at
Mon Aug 11 17:46:38 MDT 2003

New York Daily News -   Ashcroft tour to plug
terror bill

Wednesday, August 6th, 2003

WASHINGTON - Attorney General John Ashcroft is hitting the road to rally
support for the Victory Act, which would further expand his powers to go
after Al Qaeda and narcoterrorists, the Daily News has learned.

Ashcroft will starting pushing the Vital Interdiction of Criminal
Terrorist Organizations Act later this month in a 10-day, 20-state
Victory tour that includes a stop in New York.

But the nation's top cop is facing tough opposition from critics on both
the right and left, who fear Ashcroft is eroding civil rights.

The Justice Department's reach was vastly increased by Congress after
the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with the Patriot Act.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is expected to
introduce the Victory Act next month. If passed, the feds would be
allowed to:

# Clamp down on Arab hawala transactions, where cash exchanged in an
honor system has been funneled to terrorists.

# Get business records without a court order in terrorism probes and
delay notification.

# Track wireless communications with a roving warrant.

# Increase sentences for drug kingpins to 40 years in prison and $4
million in fines.

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