John Ashcroft
John David Ashcroft is a United States politician who served as the 79th United States Attorney General
United States Attorney General
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, from 2001 until 2005, appointed by President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
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. Ashcroft previously served as the 50th Governor of Missouri (1985–1993) and a U.S. Senator
United States Senate
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 from Missouri
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Ashcroft was born in Chicago
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, Illinois
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, to James Robert Ashcroft and Grace P. (née Larsen). His father was a minister, in an Assemblies of God congregation, and served as president of Evangel University
Evangel University
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 from 1958–1974, and jointly as President of Central Bible College
Central Bible College
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 from 1958–1963.

The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved.

Resignation letter to President Bush, dated November 2, 2004.

To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies, and pause to America's friends. They encourage people of good will to remain silent in the face of evil.

Source: Testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, December 6, 2001

Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus.

Source: Bob Jones University Commencement, May 8, 1999