"To date, we have heard a great deal about the needs of law enforcement and not enough about the privacy needs of the rest of us... While we need to revise our laws to reflect the digital age, one thing that does not need revision is the Fourth Amendment... Now, more than ever, we must protect citizens' privacy from the excesses of an arrogant, overly powerful government." -Sen. Ashcroft, 1997
"[O]ne would be hard-pressed to find a single grieving relative of those killed in the bombings of the World Trade Center in New York or the federal building in Oklahoma City who would not have gladly sacrificed a measure of personal privacy if it could have saved a loved one." -Sen. Kerry, 1997
"To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberties, my message is this: your tactics only aid terrorists- for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve." -Attorney General Ashcroft, 2001
"[T]here will be no John Ashcroft trampling on the Bill of Rights." -Sen. Kerry, 2003
"And the party on the Left,
Is now the party on the Right.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss,
We won't get fooled again." -The Who, 1971