Ashcroft urges federal lawbreaking [1].

Ashcroft urges federal lawbreaking.

John Ashcroft, sworn to uphold all of the laws of the land, is urging government employees to violate the Freedom of Information Act.

Last October, the Justice Department cited the Sept. 11 attacks in a memo to federal FOIA officers that stated, “When you carefully consider FOIA requests and decide to withhold records, in whole or in part, you can be assured that the Department of Justice will defend your decisions.”

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