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Never Again: Securing America and Restoring Justice Hardcover – October 3, 2006
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Here is what I found on two key points:
1.) Ashcroft spends considerable time describing the problem of the "wall" between criminal and subversive surveillance operations, which he fought to tear down. However, that this wall even existed was found by the Federal Surveillance Court of Review to have actually been a long-held misinterpretation by government agencies. I don't see this new insight as either pro-Ashcroft or anti-Ashcroft. I was in Government long enough to know that such misinterpretations indeed happen.
It is a bit humorous (or not so humorous from another perspective) that the Attorney General of the United States can't get clear interpretations of the law from his scores of government attorneys!
2.) Ashcroft claimed that the Patriot Act still does not allow any undisclosed surveillance without FISA judicial consent. This claim is so counter to the news media's claims, I paid it special attention. It turns out that Ashcroft's claim is too strong in two particular areas:
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Ashcroft comes from a super conservative background. Strong Christian faith, down home, on the farm, meat and potatoes kind of upbringing so, in that light he was prime for Bush II to install into his cabinet.
An insight into Ashcroft's thinking comes in the book shortly after his AG appointment. He liked to start the workday by opening up his office to a discretionary RAMP meeting. RAMP is an acronym for Read, Argue, Memorize, Pray. Keyword here is Pray. When Ashcroft was confirmed as AG, part of his confirming questioned his ability to uphold the separation of church and state that is within the constitution. Ashcroft convinced those who questioned him that he knew the difference. Yet, he starts the day with, for want of a better name, prayer meetings. He claimed that those in attendance weren't favored over those who weren't and, conversely, those who weren't in attendance weren't passed over for those who were. He fails to see the symbolic nature of what he was doing by the act of praying in Government offices for all to see. Whether or not he rationalizes his act as discretionary and none favoring, by the very fact that he's using Government offices to hold prayer meetings is, in itself, a moral violation of the constitutional law. Pray at home, meet in the cafe an hour before work but don't blur the lines. It's just common sense.
Also, on that subject, whilst riding in a limo with Bush II, Bush asks him "I hear you're holding those prayer meetings in your office?".Read more ›
how it is that we were attacked on 911, what prevented
our law enforcement agencies from protecting us & how that
was rectified to a large extent by The Patriot Act
and the efforts of those entrusted with our protection
from future attacks. Even those concerned with our civil
should read this book so they can see that every effort
was made to protect our rights & at the same time, prevent
another such attack.
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Fascinating book. Provides great insight into the election, 9-11, and many other momentous occasions.Published 8 months ago by Marbury V. Madison
Fascinating read on a turbulent time in Our Nation's history although in hindsight we were safer,I certainly felt safer despite it all because I know we had A Great Leader then... Read morePublished on May 1, 2014 by Jose Lopez
I think it would be fair to say that all of us are molded by the events in our lives, whether they are good or bad. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by Cyrus Webb
The book is an interesting study of a religious and moral man working for the good of his country in spite of the demonizing lies of the press and his political enemies. Read morePublished on October 11, 2010 by richmondeagle
This was an interesting book. Ashcroft is a principled man adrift in a sea of others who are not. Some of the political animals are principled but not all. Read morePublished on June 27, 2010 by J. Robert Ewbank
I would recommend AG Ashcroft's book to most anyone, even those who have some preconceived ideas of how well, or not, he did while in this office. Read morePublished on May 2, 2009 by PCjr
In this highly informative and fact-filled chronicle, Ashcroft details how his deeply held faith in Christ, his involvement in crafting the historic Patriot Act and his... Read morePublished on August 23, 2008 by gsundar
Please don't wear your political hat when you judge this book. Whether or not you agree with Mr Ashcroft, you must agree this book provides insider details that are intriguing. Read morePublished on June 10, 2008 by Paul Skinner
My first impression on reading the book is that John Ashcroft is a true American hero. A man of insight, good judgment and integrity. Read morePublished on April 3, 2008 by Thomas J. Perrone