Ben Freeman and William D. Hartung / TomDispatchMay 13, 2018
The president's uncritical embrace of reckless, extreme and undemocratic regimes has far-reaching implications for the future of American foreign policy in the Middle East. Dig deeper ( 11 Min. Read )
By Coleen Rowley / ConsortiumnewsJun 7, 2017
The special "Russiagate" prosecutor (left) and the fired FBI director have long histories as pliable political operatives.
The special "Russiagate" prosecutor (left) and the fired FBI director have long histories as pliable political operatives. Dig deeper ( 5 Min. Read )
BLANKFeb 10, 2014
Early in the Bush administration, six months after the attacks of Sept 11, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced he would prosecute attorney Lynne Stewart on the grounds that she had materially aided a terrorist organizationSix months after the attacks of Sept. Dig deeper ( 3 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigMay 5, 2011
Hold your breath. John Ashcroft--George W. Bush's first attorney general and champion of the Patriot Act--has just taken an ethical advisory position with Xe Services, the military contractor formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide. (more) Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigSep 5, 2009
Did then-Attorney General John Ashcroft violate the Constitution in his handling of certain national security investigations shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks? According to the Los Angeles Times, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reason to believe that he did, and thus Ashcroft can be sued for prosecutorial abuses even this long after the fact, the paper reported Saturday.Did then-Attorney General John Ashcroft violate the Constitution in his handling of certain national security investigations shortly after 9/11? Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigJul 11, 2009
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. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigMay 19, 2009
The nation's top court decided on Monday that former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI honcho Robert Mueller aren't directly accountable for the abuses that Pakistani detainee Javaid Iqbal, a Muslim, says he endured as a result of his race and religion in a New York prison in 2002. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigJul 18, 2008
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. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigJul 17, 2008
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. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
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