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News: Civil & Human Rights
J. Ashcroft comes to KC, KC Star convers his butt: time of event not announced.
The man george bush appointed to be the attorney general of the united states was in kansas city on September 19th. He spoke at the KCI Expo bldg. The kansas city stop is part of a larger effort by the the republican party to justify and promote the laws that they quickly enacted in the weeks following September 11, 2001.
John Ashcroft flashed a genuine smile and waived as a hearty band of protester numbering about 7 greeted him with a variety of signs: one had no words only a bulls-eye target. The Attorney General and formerly defeated by a dead man official looked well fed and excited as his massive security escort shuttled him to a side entrance of the building.
Most Kansas Citians are aware of the bipartisan and universal condemnation of the eerie and un-constitutional new laws the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act has to offer our public, but not many area residence were given sufficient notice to mobilize a posterboard response to the Attorney General's visit. Instead a brief and buried snippet carried the news of Ashcroft's visit in today's paper. A local peace and justice organization helped to distribute 600+ emails announcing the event, but with only 2 hrs. warning. When George Bush spoke at Municipal Auditorium, several days notice was give which allowed the public, union, political campaigns and others to contact one another and present a massive message of disapproval during George's visit. Laura's visit required less notice to the public apparently in an obvious effort to cut down on the number of opponents to her husbands policies that naturally would gather to picket her engagements too.
It is telling that no advance notice is given of the attorney general's movements in local publications, one has to search elsewhere to discover schedules and speaking events. Despite the fact that our attorney generally is decidedly unpopular, you would think that law enforcement would be ecstatic to listen to him speak. However, close to 50% of the sheriffs, police officials, and military officials who attended the event, honked and gave smiling thumbs up to the protesters who pointed out the fact that john ashcroft and the constitution are like water and oil.
One local news man (it wouldn't be prudent to say which channel) 3*3=? explained to one protester that the speech was, "the same old party line."
In the face of rude and occasionally threatening police, protesters managed to remind law enforcement that we are keeping an eye on them as well. And that is the way it should be. Americans shouldn't be afraid of their own government, government officials should be afraid that their own people are going to insist on change. G


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Commentary: Civil & Human Rights
Good for those 7 who went out to welcome Ashcroft. I would have loved to have been there. Too bad that they are not announcing his speeches in advance.
-Pat


Commentary: Civil & Human Rights
None of these events are open to the public. Although his intent is stated as countering 'misconceptions' about the Patriot Act, he is addressing entirely police and administrative audiences.


Commentary: Civil & Human Rights
Where is the Expo center?