I have to disagree strongly with Immigration Daily's criticism of Attorney General John Ashcroft. Although it could be true that "future experience may well show that" the DOJ and the FBI are not the best institutions to protect America against a terrorist attack, present reality seems to suggest that they are. It has been over three years since that terrible day, and not a single terrorist attack has occurred in the US in that time — and this with our enemies straining every nerve to attack us. You write that his aggressive approach "has sown the wind." Maybe a little perspective is in order here. Let's, as Immigration Attorneys, not forget that we were very much a part of the pre-9/11 immigration system. A system that benefited us for its lazy, dissolute, unserious nature. Let's not forget that 3,000 Americans were killed right here on US soil by 19 terrorists, all of whom were somewhere in the well-oiled immigration system that you believe John Ashcroft has done so much damage to. As to your questioning of Mr. Ashcroft's "principle of liberty" you seem to be alluding to an argument, but you never actually make that argument. I know nothing about "Albion's Seed" nor the "Four Liberties" you place so much emphasis on, and your simply mentioning them doesn't help to lay a sturdy foundation upon which to rest your assertions. Also, you note powers that Mr. Ashcroft has "grabbed" — an example would have been nice, not just a bald decree. We are all attorneys in this forum, and we practice in a vital and increasingly important field of law. It benefits no one, to include ourselves, when we posture and pose and fail to lay down a solid, clearly thought out argument in support of our position. For the last four years everyone's been wringing their hands, and sounding the alarm and declaring that John Ashcraft is a disaster for immigration, but in all that time no one's ever bothered to actually make a case against him.
Timothy Redmond, Esq.
Editor's Note: For clarification, the four concepts of liberty that Mr. Fischer refers to are: the Puritan "ordered liberty", the Virginian or Southern "hegemonic liberty", the Quaker "reciprocal liberty" and the Backwoods or Frontier "natural liberty". We recommend reading Mr. Fischer's book, "Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America", for more on these concepts.
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