Date: July 30th 2004
Sent to and not published by the Boston Globe

Jeff Jacoby accuses John Kerry of taking a cheap shot at Attorney General Ashcroft (Boston Globe, Friday July 30th.) Jacoby avers that Ashcroft is a staunch upholder of our constitutional rights.

Not so.

The metaphor for Ashcroft's tenure in the Justice Department was his clothing of the semi-nude classical statues in front of which he gave his news conferences. Ashcroft just did not realize that these were symbolic of the fact that justice must appear naked before the world. Justice must be done and justice must be seen to be done.

Here is the bill of indictment showing Ashcroft's failure to uphold the constitution:

  1. The prisoners held incommunicado at Guantanamo Bay
  2. The prisoners held incommunicado in the United States
  3. The failure to uphold the treaty rights and legal rights of prisoners held in Iraq.

Is that enough for Mr. Jacoby?