Attorney General John Ashcroft is about to take his show on the road. According to a New York Daily News exclusive report, Ashcroft will launch a 10-day, 20-city tour later this month to promote his newest piece of anti-terrorist legislation, the VICTORY Act. If passed, the Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorists Organizations Act would permit the government to:
- Intercept Arab hawala transactions, an alleged cash source to terrorists;
- Track business records without a court order;
- Secure roving warrants to track wireless communications;
- Increase drug dealing sentences to 40 years, with up to $4 million in fines.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch is expected to introduce the VICTORY Act in Congress in early September.
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