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Mark Green, who's running to replace Eliot Spitzer as New York's Attorney General, blogged about Martin Luther King and wiretapping today (highlights after the jump):

Dr. King was monitored by J. Edgar Hoover beginning in 1963 as part of an FBI program whose goal was to neutralize and discredit political dissenters in this country. Dr. King vocally and vigorously opposed the Vietnam war, believing it made a lie of the "Great Society" Johnson was trying to build; this war opposition, along with his work for civil rights, made King an FBI target.

Today, history is repeating itself. We have been once again misled into an unjust war with no end in sight, and George Bush has been using war as just cause to illegally spy on Americans. Many supporters of George Bush's domestic surveillance program insist that Bush and his administration have only the purest motives for this unauthorized spying on American citizens. History, and the example of Martin Luther King, show that this power is too easily turned into a weapon for persecuting political enemies.

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Originally posted to Joey Dee on Mon Jan 16, 2006 at 02:27 PM PST.

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