- Category : 1942-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Defiance 1
American attorney general in the cabinet of George W. Bush. Ashcroft was fresh from defeat after a single term in the Senate where he tied for first place as the most controversial member. He was an advocate of criminalizing abortion, even in cases of rape and incest; a promiscuous advocate of amending the Constitution in such areas as school prayer, abortion and flag-burning; and a passionate opponent of what he called "special rights for homosexuals."
Almost all of Bush's nominations were approved by overwhelming margins except for Ashcroft, for whom 42 votes read nay. After the terrorist attack, 9/11/2001, Ashcroft stepping into the limelight, raising the hackles of many who felt that he has taken government control too far in threatening the rights of private citizens. Administrative orders are allowing feds to eavesdrop on conversations between prisoners and their lawyers without a warrant; some 5,000 students from Islam countries have been detained for questioning and hundred of aliens are held without explanation; and military tribunals are being set up to try suspected terrorists.
Ashcroft has attempted to override Oregon's law of assisted suicide. Those who value American civil liberties are alarmed at his zeal. He has a powerful, perhaps even messianic sense of his own role in American politics.
He is the author of a brief memoir in 1998, "Lessons From a Father to his Son."
The Attorney General was rushed to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC with gallstone pancreatitis on the evening of March 4, 2004. After five days in intensive care, he underwent laparoscopic surgery on March 9 to remove his gall bladder and was expected to make a full recovery from this painful and potentially fatal bout of pancreatitis. He was dismissed from the hospital on March 14, 2004 to continue recuperating at home.
On the evening of November 9, 2004, the White House announced the resignation of the Attorney General. News reports said that his letter of resignation was dated November 2, 2004, the date of the election.