Attorney General John Ashcroft didn't comment directly on the report, but instead professed that the federal government was making "steady progress" in the war against terrorism. Ashcroft said the existing Patriot Act has led to more than 3,000 "foot soldiers of terror" being stopped, but he also told the House Judiciary Committee that despite being "built on a solid foundation," the law "has several weaknesses which terrorists could exploit."
In an odd bit of timing considering the critical tone of his own department's report, Ashcroft spent the week lobbying for even more unrestricted powers. Perhaps this is his remedy for DOJ abuses -- simply make the abuses legal.
Ashcroft also lobbied for a death penalty provision that would allow for executions when a terrorist caused "massive loss of life" by attacking a military base, nuclear plant or energy plant. Given that terrorists are most often suicide bombers, it would seem that a surviving suicide bomber would be receiving more of a jihad mulligan from Ashcroft than a viable deterrent.
In the future, one man is the law.
Another terrorist bomber, Eric Rudolph was captured by a 21-year old rookie police officer fresh out of Community College in Murphy, NC. Jeff Postell thought he had nabbed a prowler behind a supermarket until a fellow officer recognized Rudolph. The suspected Olympic Park bomber then revealed his identity, allegedly with a sigh of relief.
According to TV station WRAL, Postell has his eye on becoming an FBI agent. His likely first assignment? Working out of the Baghdad field office where he'll be searching for Weapons of Mass Destruction and the real killer of Nicole Brown Simpson. The latter, of course, is in addition to O.J.'s ongoing relentless investigation of his former wife's murder.