We are a nation called to defend freedom - a tradition that is not a grant of any government or document, but is an endowment from God.— John Ashcroft
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I feel the best way to ensure Americans' freedom is to tighten restrictions on that freedom in any way possible. Only through wiretaps, illegal searches and seizures, unfettered government intrusion, a controlled media and a complete crackdown on free speech can we ensure the liberties of all people.
To those who scare peace loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: your tactics aid terrorists for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies and pause to America's friends.
Just as the First and Fourth Amendment secure individual rights of speech and security respectively, the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. This view of the text comports with the all but unanimous understanding of the Founding Fathers.
Do not allow your sorrow or your rage to become hostility toward people on the basis of their ethnicity or their religious views. That is unacceptable; it is out of bounds, and if you break the law, we will prosecute you for it.
An FBI agent ought to be able to surf the net and look for sites that instruct people how to make bombs.
If necessity is the mother of invention, it's the father of cooperation.
And we're cooperating like never before.
The Patriot Act allows and provides a basis for an exchange of information.
To me, failure is not fatal unless you quit;
getting knocked down is not embarrassing unless you allow it to keep you down.
By tearing down the wall between law enforcement and the intelligence community, we have been able to share information in a way that was virtually impossible before the Patriot Act.
A trustee has a responsibility to guard the assets of others with a higher degree of care than he does his own.
Doing what is right in the face of adversity is not always easy or popular.
Critics may assail you, but the critics don't always realize what they don't know or don't understand, because they don't have access to all the information.
Nothing remains great without a capacity to change and to accommodate the conditions of a changing world.
Simply put, international terrorism made international cooperation mandatory rather than elective. Collective security has become the only real security against the hydra-headed monster of international terror.
Agents need to be free to pursue investigations in ways that they haven't.
There have been restraints that a reformed FBI needs to make sure we don't impose.
The FBI. is a massive culture. It's been a culture that served America well, and it's been focused on prosecution. But what we need in terms of terrorism is prevention.
People who commit crimes should be responsible for those crimes.
It doesn't matter whether they're priests or ministers or atheists.
Nothing that we have authorized conflicts with any law regarding privacy or any provision of the constitution.
I don't play full court anymore. I just play half-court.
The charges of the hysterics are revealed for what they are: castles in the air built on misrepresentation, supported by unfounded fear, held aloft by hysteria.
The goal of terror is not traditional territorial enlargement;
rather the war target of the terrorist is the dismemberment of the will of the community it terrorizes.
[Ashcroft vowed to] spare no effort to preserve the rights of all our citizens to pledge allegiance to the American flag.
Our priorities should be: recognizing the voice of God and responding to the voice of God.
Prior to September 11, we thought the world beyond our shores was one world of risk and the world in our continent was another world of risk.
The FBI has long been a part of the security for the nation's banks because bank robberies have been a priority.
We're going to protect and honor the Constitution, and I don't have the authority to set it aside.... If I had the authority to set it aside, this would be a dangerous government, and I wouldn't respect it.
Every medium by which people communicate can be subject to exploitation by those with illegal intentions. Nevertheless, this is no reason to hand Big Brother the keys to unlock our e-mail diaries, open our ATM records, read our medical records, or translate our international communications.
Leaders select noble objectives and pursue them with such intensity that others join them. ... The greatest of all leaders from this perspective was Jesus Christ. ....May your choices be so powerful and magnetic that you'll draw people toward life (Duet. 30:19, ...therefore choose life.-) rather than death, blessing rather than cursing.
A calculated, malignant, devastating evil has arisen in our world, .
.. Civilization cannot ignore the wrongs that have been done. America will not tolerate their being repeated. Justice has a new mission, a new calling against an old evil.
We must not descend to the level of those who perpetrated Tuesday's violence by targeting individuals based on their race, their religion, or their national origin. Such reports of violence and threats are in direct opposition to the very principles and laws of the United States and will not be tolerated.
Any citizen who's offended ... can leave the service.
The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved.
There is no priority higher than the prevention of terrorism.
Reasonable regulations regarding the ownership of weapons are appropriate.
The state's interest in effective crime-fighting should never vitiate the citizens' Bill of Rights.
Only God, no other kings!
[The war on terrorism isn't a religious war, but] a defense of our right to make moral choices, to seek fellowship with God that is chosen and not commanded.
It doesn't help to wait until something happens and then prosecute the offenders, especially if it's the idea of the offender to extinguish himself in the commission of the crime.
How sad, that the group with the most access to the truth chose in several strategic instances to look the other way.
This view of the text comports with the all but unanimous understanding of the Founding Fathers.
We've got to understand that the whole nature of the way American democracy guards its freedom has been changed.
The new rule says that the FBI has the right to go to public places on the same terms and conditions as other members of the public for counter-terrorism purposes.
We need to strengthen our analytic capacity in Washington, we need to centralize the anti-terrorism effort.
I decided this early on at Justice: if the traditional way was the most effective way of doing something, then we'd maintain it. But if it was not functioning at optimum levels, we would be doing the country a disservice by continuing to do things "like we've always done them."
What we learned on September 11 is that the unthinkable is now thinkable in the world.
The Internet provides very serious challenges to our ability to keep from children the kinds of things that are destructive to them.
Civilized people - Muslims, Christians and Jews - all understand that the source of freedom and human dignity is the Creator.
We have to think outside the box, inside the Constitution, find ways to do things that will elevate our security, reduce the risk of the incidence of terrorist attack.
Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus.
The liberties and freedoms which we hold dear and we recognize and cherish and respect guide the way we gather information in the United States.