The recent revelations that President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to spy on American citizens here in the United States without first acquiring warrants is outrageous. As far as I am aware, this is the first time a president has authorized government agencies to violate a specific criminal prohibition and eavesdrop on Americans. This, along with Bush's long-standing torture policy and the pre-emptive invasion of Iraq, go so far beyond the bounds of what decent Americans have accepted as the norm for more than two centuries.

Robert S. Hildebrand

Salt Lake City