Anti-terror paper trail

By Geraldine Sealey
Published March 22, 2004 3:55PM (EST)

The Center for American Progress has just posted documents on its Web site showing how the Bush administration has undermined counterterrorism and counterintelligence by reducing the Justice Department's anti-terror budget and shifting the department's focus to domestic police work and anti-drug activities. The documents show a far different story, CAP says, than the one you hear from the White House and from Bush on the presidential campaign trail.

"Since September 11, President Bush and his supporters have repeatedly intimated that many of the President's political opponents are soft on terrorism. In his State of the Union address, the President declared: 'We can go forward with confidence and resolve, or we can turn back to the dangerous illusion that terrorists are not plotting and outlaw regimes are no threat to us.' In comments aimed at those who seek changes in the Patriot Act, Attorney General John Ashcroft said: 'Your tactics only aid terrorists.' One recent ad asserts, 'Some call for us to retreat, putting our national security in the hands of others.'"

CAP posts a series of internal Justice documents showing how "the Bush Administration actually reversed the Clinton Administration's strong emphasis on counterterrorism and counterintelligence  And all of this while the Administration was receiving repeated warnings about potential terrorist attacks."

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at

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