Predsident opposes Senate bill that would unilaterally disarm in war on terror

NY Times:

"Attorney General John Ashcroft told reporters that the bill, sponsored by Senate Republicans and Democrats, 'unilaterally disarms America's defenses' against terrorists and that President Bush intended to veto the measure if Congress passed it.

"The threat of a veto represents an unusual pre-emptive strike by the administration. The bill has not even come up for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.


"The measure, introduced in October, would restrict the broadened powers that the government was given in the antiterrorism law, approved by Congress weeks after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The bill would limit the government's ability to use roving wiretaps against terrorist suspects, to execute search warrants against suspects without immediately notifying them and to obtain business records from libraries or bookstores in intelligence investigations, among other measures."


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