Attorney General John Ashcroft said today, before the 9/11 Commission, that he moved quickly once in office to overturn a "failed policy" that he said allowed American agents to capture terrorist leader Osama bin Laden but "not assassinate him. Even if they could have penetrated bin Laden's training camps, they would have needed a battery of lawyers to take action" he complained.
In other words, the United States' top law enforcement officer, the head of our great American justice system, the top attorney in our great national experiment in democracy, is bitter because he can't just shoot and kill people. He is forced to be handicapped with lawyers, courts of law and all that silly, bothersome justice and due process stuff.
Seriously. He really said that.
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