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An Analysis of the Sources of Disagreements between David Cole Attorney General John Ashcroft Introduction These two articles one an address by Attorney General John Ashcroft to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the other an article written by David Cole that appeared on the Amnesty International web site deal with the ethics and Constitutionality of the United Stated Patriot Act David Cole a professor at Georgetown University Law Center argues that the Patriot Act violates citizens civil rights and unfairly imprisons innocent individuals Attorney General John Ashcroft counters that the Patriot Act is justified as a preventive measure to aid in the war on terrorism Differences in FactsInterpretation of Facts Both authors try to put an exact number on the number of individuals that have been detained sine the inception of the Patriot Act to suit their respective arguments David Cole states that the Justice Department had the number at 1147 less than two months into the Justice Departments investigation The Justice Department according to Cole reportedly responded by simply stopping its practice of announcing the running tally p3 due to mounting criticism over the scope of the roundup p3 Attorney General John Ashcroft gives a substantially lower number of individuals In three months time he states that 60 individuals had been placed into federal custody and that 563 have been detained due to immigration violations p17 Attorney General John Ashcroft states that the Patriot Act is Constitutionally sound and that he and the Justice Department work closely with Congress and brief them with any developments that come as a result of the Patriot Act David Cole counters that the detainees are denied their Constitutional right to due process are held with no contact with legal counsel and that their hearing are held in secret with no legal observers press or family allowed to be in attendance p5 Differences in Values The arguments made by both parties clearly define their
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