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I agree with Grover Norquist

Add conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, to the list of Republicans calling President Bush's wiretapping program illegal. He has this to say in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

"For 40 years we always assumed the left would take care of our civil liberties," he said. "If there were problems, the Democrats were the ones who would push back. But now with a Republican Congress and a Republican in the White House, the ACLU can't get their calls returned."

Referring to what some see as a conflict between fighting vicious terrorists and upholding all civil liberties, Norquist said: "It's not either/or. If the president thinks he needs different tools, pass a law to get them. Don't break the existing laws."

Over time, hopefully more Republicans will put their country ahead of party and voice their opposition to this policy. I have little doubt that if this were a Democratic president subverting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the Republicans currently defending it would be raising hell.


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