John Ashcroft

(John David Ashcroft)

John Ashcroft
John Ashcroft
  • Born: May 9, 1942
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant









John David Ashcroft is an American lawyer and former politician who served as the 79th U.S. Attorney General (2001–2005), in the George W. Bush Administration. He later founded The Ashcroft Group, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm.

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Americans don’t need a big government to read their e-mail and track what else they do Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Americans value marriage. Washington taxes marriage. Taxes
As history shows, verbal attacks on the Jewish people are portends of more savage criminality to come. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Attempting to heal the wounds of the past by racial discrimination today undermines a future of racial reconciliation. Discrimination & Prejudice
Different units of our bureaucracy have different cultures and each thinks that his is the best. Bureaucracy
Don’t get involved with any political stuff. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Gambling is a cancer on the soul of our nation. Miscellaneous
I have been wrong enough times to know that it is always a possibility. Management & Managing Government
I well understand that the role of Attorney General is to enforce the law as it is, not as I would have it. Justice & Injustice
If you put enough money on the table, Congress will respond to the money. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is against my religion to impose my religion. Religion & God
People’s lives and fortunes have been relinquished to renegade judges, a robed contemptuous elite. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
That’s a very good question but I’m afraid that I don’t have a very good answer. Media, Journalism & The Press
The death penalty saves lives. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
The main problem with applying the Geneva Convention to detainees is that it would interfere with effective interrogation. War & Peace
The war against terrorism is a war of auditors and accountants as much as of weaponry …. Just as we prosecute a terrorist who plants a bomb, we well prosecute the terrorist supporter who writes a check. Terrorism
There are two things you find in the middle of the road—a moderate and a dead skunk. Miscellaneous
There are voices in the Republican Party today who preach pragmatism, who champion conciliation, who counsel compromise. I stand here today to reject those deceptions. Liberals & Conservatives
This town leaks like a sieve. Sometimes I think that the easiest thing on the world would be to be a spy against the United States of America Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
We must keep in mind the vast power entrusted to Federal judges. They never stand for election. Once appointed, they serve for life. The havoc that a Federal District Court Judge can wreak is substantial. Justice & Injustice
We seem to grant less than half a dozen folks in black robes across the street, the right to amend [the Constitution] any time they change their mind. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
What could be more tragic than someone leaving a reception at the governor's mansion and killing someone while driving drunk? Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
What we have to do is stop children from killing children. Guns & Gun Control
Whatever we do in government, teaches. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
You must legislate morality. Legislating & Legislative Process
Agents need to be free to pursue investigations in ways that they haven't. There have been restraints that a reformed FBI needs to make sure we don't impose.
All of us want to have meaning in our lives and want to feel like we're doing something that makes a difference. I believe we're doing that in the Justice Department.
An FBI agent ought to be able to surf the net and look for sites that instruct people how to make bombs.
I don't play full court anymore. I just play half-court.
If necessity is the mother of invention, it's the father of cooperation. And we're cooperating like never before.
It doesn't help to wait until something happens and then prosecute the offenders, especially if it's the idea of the offender to extinguish himself in the commission of the crime.
It's a different world.
Nothing remains great without a capacity to change and to accommodate the conditions of a changing world.
Nothing that we have authorized conflicts with any law regarding privacy or any provision of the constitution.
People who commit crimes should be responsible for those crimes. It doesn't matter whether they're priests or ministers or atheists.
Prior to September 11, we thought the world beyond our shores was one world of risk and the world in our continent was another world of risk.
Reasonable regulations regarding the ownership of weapons are appropriate.
The FBI has long been a part of the security for the nation's banks because bank robberies have been a priority.
The FBI. is a massive culture. It's been a culture that served America well, and it's been focused on prosecution. But what we need in terms of terrorism is prevention.
The Internet provides very serious challenges to our ability to keep from children the kinds of things that are destructive to them.
The liberties and freedoms which we hold dear and we recognize and cherish and respect guide the way we gather information in the United States. Respect
The new rule says that the FBI has the right to go to public places on the same terms and conditions as other members of the public for counter-terrorism purposes.
The path we have chosen is constitutional.
The Patriot Act allows and provides a basis for an exchange of information.
The way the terrorist is trained to operate, especially the suicide terrorists, makes punishment and the threat of punishment far less valuable to those who would prevent the crime.
The worst mistake a boss can make is not to say 'well done'.
There is no priority higher than the prevention of terrorism.
We have to think outside the box, inside the Constitution, find ways to do things that will elevate our security, reduce the risk of the incidence of terrorist attack.
We need to strengthen our analytic capacity in Washington, we need to centralize the anti-terrorism effort.
We've got to understand that the whole nature of the way American democracy guards its freedom has been changed. Nature ;Freedom & Liberty
What we learned on September 11 is that the unthinkable is now thinkable in the world.