But, three years on, not one of the detainees have been convicted of a terrorist offense. And now critics are saying his results have not matched his rhetoric, and that civil liberties have been given the heave-ho.
Hear about John Ashcroft's War on Terror and the bottom line on the Justice Department's work since 9/11.
David Cole, law professor, Georgetown University, author, "Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism"
Richard Samp, executive director, Washington Legal Foundation
Frank Dunham, federal public defender for Yaser E. Hamdi.
This program aired on October 4, 2004.