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Basis of Domestic Surveillance Was ‘Flawed,’ Report Finds

Former President Bush’s infamous warrant-free domestic surveillance plan, instituted after 9/11 to monitor potentially suspicious communication between parties within and outside of the U.S., has deservedly gotten a bad rap—and it’s about to get worse, thanks to a congressionally mandated report released Friday.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Jonathan Shapiro on the Hamdan Case

In Jonathan Mahler’s new book, George W. Bush emerges as the most lawless president in American history, the first to usurp the law as a matter of policy.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Ashcroft Defends Waterboarding at House Hearing

Discussing the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, former Attorney General John Ashcroft said he didn’t think waterboarding constituted torture and that the technique produced “very valuable” reports. He was testifying on the Bush administration’s interrogation rules.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Feith Interrogated About Interrogation Methods

In this clip from Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing about prisoner interrogation methods at Guantanamo Bay, former Defense Undersecretary Douglas Feith gets into a tense round of questioning with Rep. Keith Ellison about what former Attorney General John Ashcroft did or didn’t tell him about interrogation vis-à-vis the Third Geneva Convention.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Ashcroft Testifies About Guantanamo Interrogation Methods

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft fumbled as he was point-blanked about the goings-on at Guantanamo Bay during his tenure at the White House, claiming he had “limited recollection” of the events he was there to testify about and claiming he “wasn’t an expert in this arena when I was in office.” Updated

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE



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Justice Dept. Cherry-Picked Conservatives

Here’s another outrage that has stumbled out in the twilight of George W. Bush: Under the leadership of John Ashcroft and, especially, Alberto Gonzales, the Justice Department illegally sought to hire conservative lawyers, according to a preliminary report from the department’s own inspector general.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Where Is the Outrage?

Are we Americans truly savages or merely tone-deaf in matters of morality, and therefore more guilty of terminal indifference than venality? It’s a question demanding an answer in response to the publication of a 370-page report on U.S. complicity in torture.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Cheney, Other Top Officials Authorized Waterboarding

Bush administration officials Vice President Dick Cheney, current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her predecessor, Colin Powell, and then-Attorney General John Ashcroft were among those who deliberated over, and eventually approved, the use of “harsh interrogation techniques” (which some would call torture) at meetings following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Students Confront Ashcroft

Some 150 students donned hoods and turned their backs in silent protest of former Attorney General John Ashcroft at Cornell University on Thursday. Cornell law student and protest co-planner Michael Siegel told Truthdig the demonstrators were meant to represent “the detainees who were arrested and imprisoned without due process under Ashcroft’s leadership.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Ashcroft Willing to Be Waterboarded

While speaking at the University of Colorado on Tuesday night, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft reaffirmed his belief in the Patriot Act and, when asked by an audience member if he’d submit to the controversial “interrogation” tactic of waterboarding, Ashcroft said he would.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Jack Goldsmith

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Jack Goldsmith, who speaks out about his experiences during his nine-month tenure as head of the Office of Legal Counsel during a crucial phase of the Bush presidency in 2003-4 in his troubling and illuminating new book, “The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration.”

Posted on Sep 8, 2007 READ MORE


Former DOJ Lawyer Blasts Bush Torture Policy

Wouldn’t it have been chillingly fascinating to watch White House bigwigs in action sometime around 2003, while they played fast and loose with executive power and international law? 

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


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A Legacy of Legitimizing Torture

President Bush lamented Alberto Gonzales’ resignation and insisted that the “good name” of the attorney general had been besmirched for partisan purposes. Good name? Robert Scheer reviews the highlights (or, rather, the low points) of Gonzales’ tenure and looks at the troubling legacy he leaves behind.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


FBI Chief’s Notes Tell of Ashcroft Hospital Scene

Corroborating an account by former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III detailed the dramatic events that occurred in then-Attorney General John Ashcroft’s hospital room in March 2004 when his successor, Alberto Gonzales, attempted to persuade a convalescing Ashcroft to sign off on a domestic wiretapping program he opposed.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Cheney’s Memory Issues

Taking a page from the Ronald Reagan Guide to Dodging Sticky Political Issues, Vice President Dick Cheney told Larry King that he didn’t recall if he was the one who asked Alberto Gonzales to pressure John Ashcroft to sign off on a wiretapping program as Ashcroft lay in a hospital bed in 2004.

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Gonzales’ Stone Wall

Although Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was characteristically dodgy during last week’s questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee about just who had dispatched him in March 2004 to persuade an ailing John Ashcroft to approve an illegal wiretapping program, The New York Times leaves little mystery that it was Vice President Dick Cheney. 

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Worse Than Watergate, Part II

If Attorney General Alberto Gonzales wasn’t in enough trouble already, he now has to deal with the fallout from his disgraceful behavior in John Ashcroft’s hospital room in March of 2004, when Gonzales attempted to strong-arm Ashcroft into reauthorizing the domestic surveillance program implemented by the White House after 9/11—as Ashcroft lay ailing on his sickbed.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


How Low Can Gonzales Go?

We already knew Alberto Gonzales was happy to bend the law to suit the bidding of the president, but accosting a sick man in his hospital room? The more one learns about him, the more unbelievable it is that this man is still our attorney general.

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


Care to Change Your Tune, Mr. Gonzales?

Sens. Feingold, Schumer, Kennedy and Durbin have asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales if he cares to revise previous testimony after the revelations of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who gave contradictory testimony about Gonzales’ attempt to “take advantage of a very sick man.” If you’ve been overwhelmed by Bush administration scandals and missed the details of this one, here’s a primer.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush’s Showdown With the Justice Department

Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey reveals the circumstances surrounding the reauthorization of the domestic spying program, including then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales’ late-night visit to an ailing John Ashcroft in order to “take advantage of a very sick man who did not have the powers of the attorney general” at the time.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes Jon Stewart grilling John Ashcroft on torture; an unbelievable before-and-after as a billboard model is transformed; and a satirical campaign ad so preposterous that the GOP won’t even run it.

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


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Let the Eagle Soar

Former attorney general and amateur singer/songwriter John Ashcroft appeared Wednesday on “The Daily Show” to defend the president’s various abuses of power, including torture, which he characterized as stern questioning.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


What Ashcroft Knew and When He Knew it

Murray Waas at the National Journal has another sizzling scoop: Then-Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft continued to oversee the Valerie Plame-CIA leak probe long after he learned that top White House officials were suspected of involvement. (He didn’t recuse himself from the investigation for two months…)

Posted on Jun 9, 2006 READ MORE


Ashcroft’s Deputy Opposed Parts of Spy Program

Two of Bush’s most senior advisors made an emergency visit in 2004 to a hospitalized John Ashcroft to get him to override his deputy and sign off on a continued warrantless domestic surveillance program. Read the story

Posted on Jan 1, 2006 READ MORE


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