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    Salt Lake Tribune columnist Paul Rolly took Senator Orrin Hatch to task in this morning's paper.

    CNN reported in its online edition July 30, 1996, that Senate Republicans opposed President Clinton's anti-terrorism legislation and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, was particularly concerned about - get this - Clinton's proposal to expand wiretaps to catch terrorists.
      The story said Clinton knew there was Republican opposition to some of his proposals, but, the president said in a news conference, "We need to keep this country together right now. We need to focus on this terrorism issue."
      It quoted Hatch, who was then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee: "These are very controversial provisions that the White House wants. Some they're not going to get."
      Hatch also called Clinton's proposed study of taggants - chemical markers in explosives that could help track terrorists - "a phony issue."
      The story also quoted Hatch as saying that he had "some problems" with the president's proposals to expand wiretapping. Of course, that was a Democratic president.

    "Everything's shiny, Captain. Not to fret."

    by rmwarnick on Fri Sep 08, 2006 at 02:13:30 PM PDT

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    •  You should do a diary about this story. (0+ / 0-)

      The GOP opposed counter-terrorism measures when it wasn't a political advantage to them.

      That is really very troubling when you take a minute to think about what that means.

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