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Mick

Nice catch. This sounds even worse than that comical travesty in Utah or the outrage in Oregon. He lost both those cases but the SOB just won't quit. If Bush himself isn't reason enough to kick these guys out, Ashcroft is.

BTW, thanks for adding Omnium to your blogroll. Much appreciated.

Tyler

Interesting post, but there are two things I haven't squared:

1) Where's your evidence?

2) In light of #1, why do you not believe John Ashcroft?

Kathy

Are you asking for evidence backing up what I learned? If so, it came from a press conference of Ashcroft's where he announced this terrorist plot. So why don't I believe him?

A few days earlier, he held a press conference announcing that al Qaeda was 70-90% finished planning its next attack on the US. That claim was debunked as based on a crackpot web site. That's not to say there's no planning happening, but his use of invalid information undermines the warning he was giving. And he didn't coordinate this announcement with the head of Homeland Security, who disavowed the "90%" comment.

Another reason I find him suspect is his testimony in front of the 9/11 commission. He was combative and opened up with an accusation against one of the commission members - not exactly the approach of someone who wants to work with the committee. His testimony was directly contradicted by two respected members of the FBI. He's declassified materials for political purposes, which again lowers his credibility in my mind. Additionally, his wanton refusal to cooperate with the Senate Armed Services Committee causes me concern. Finally, the quality of the work produced by his legal advisors in the DOJ as seen in the memos that have been released over the past couple of months concerns me.

My point isn't that he's lying or exaggerating. My point is that his credibility has been so damaged by his track record that I don't know if he's telling the truth or not. If Tom Ridge came out and said that Ashcroft was correct, I'd be more likely to believe him. Ashcroft alone lacks the credibility he needs to have my trust.

Tyler

Thank you for the thoughtful response. I disagree with you, and your characterizations (of Ashcroft's appearance in front of the 9/11 Commission and of the DOJ legal memos, namely), but you have reasons, and I respect that. Keep up the good blogging.

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