The perils of partiality

Former Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach turns Martin Luther King Day into an occasion for scoring a political point against President Bush: “The perils of unchecked power.” Katzenbach compares the FBI’s warrantless wiretapping of Martin Luther King during the Johnson administration — wiretapping Katzenbach advised Robert Kennedy to approve — to President Bush’s authorization of surveillance of al Qaeda communications:

Today we are again engaged in a debate over wiretapping for reasons of national security


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