The Bush administration’s hastily prepared package of so-called "anti-terrorism" laws bogged down in Congressyesterday.
Lawmakers from both parties confronted Attorney General John D. Ashcroft and other senior Justice Departmentofficials on a number of administration proposals. They said that the package could expand police powers at theexpense of privacy and other civil liberties.
One of the laws would permit the indefinite detention without trial of immigrants suspected of ties to terroristgroups.
They also said that the administration is trying to force the package through Congress without giving lawmakers timeto adequately digest proposals that could have serious, unforeseen consequences for rights that Americans now takefor granted.
- Nadine Strossen, President of the American Civil Liberties Union.
- Janine Jackson, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR).