Attorney General John Ashcroft on securing liberty

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Coverage from WQAD-TV, Channel 8.

Excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star:

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft on Tuesday defended the Patriot Act and the Iraq war, saying they both protect personal liberties and freedom. “We have to live with the understanding that the world is a more lethal, dangerous place than it has ever been before and we’re going to have to make adjustments or else the same thing that happened to us before will happen to us again.”

Excerpt from the Register-Mail:

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft traded barbs with protesters and fended off shouts from the crowd Tuesday evening at Knox College.

The packed-to-the-brim crowd filled Harbach Theatre, espousing a variety of political views as they listened to the past statesman speak on “Leadership in Challenging Times.” Student-led group the Knox College Republicans brought Ashcroft to campus as part of the Young America’s Foundation.

The group raised roughly $15,000, much from donations by trustees and alumni, in order to bring in the politician.

Excerpt of Editorial by Register-Mail Editor Tom Martin:

Knox College students and perhaps even former Attorney General John Ashcroft are better for the confrontation that occurred Tuesday night on campus.

Colleges can be bubbles, where a diversity of political thought often doesn’t accompany the cultural diversity of students on campus.

That liberal bubble was challenged Tuesday night as the Knox Republicans, a group with fewer than a dozen members, raised enough money ($15,000) to bring the controversial Bush administration appointee to speak.

It’s unfortunate that some of the students wanted to shout and interrupt more than listen. It’s one thing to carry a sign or dress in silent protest, and quite another to disrupt the man’s speech. For instance, shouting “bull****” over his speech was simply rude and disrespectful to the speaker and the rest of the audience.