CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL
Attorney General Ashcroft Holds News Conference
Aired September 24, 2002 - 13:43 ET
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KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Live to the Justice Department now, with Attorney General John Ashcroft talking about homeland security.
Let's listen in.
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JOHN ASHCROFT, ATTORNEY GENERAL: ... Congress has disassembled a wall once constructed in the Congress that provided a barrier or a blockage that kept the kind of information from flowing freely that we need to have flowing.
QUESTION: Do you support Senator Lieberman's proposal for a blue ribbon 9/11 commission?
ASHCROFT: The administration has indicated that it endorses the idea of a commission to review and find out if there are additional ways that we can learn from what happened in 9/11 so as to improve our capacity to prevent terrorism.
QUESTION: General, you mentioned the indictment of a member of the FARC last March. I'm wondering if he's ever been arrested or extradited or if progress has been made in this issue?
ASHCROFT: Carlos Bolas, I believe, was apprehended in Suriname, and he remains in the custody of the United States pursuant to the indictments that were announced I believe last March regarding FARC.
Thank you all very much.
PHILLIPS: Attorney General John Ashcroft speaking at the Justice Department there. Quick comments concerning homeland security.
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