Wanted: Non-corrupt conservative leaders to defend civil liberties
David Weigel reports that David Keene of the American Conservative Union and Grover Norquist of Club for Growth Americans for Tax Reform have come out in favor of closing Gitmo and trying terror suspects in a federal court.
Norquist, who usually describes himself as some sort of libertarian, has never been a particularly visible defender of civil liberties, so this statement is a pleasant (and wholly unexpected) development. Similarly, I didn’t think that the American Conservative Union was home to any national security/surveillance skeptics, but it turns out they publish Daniel Larison and a bunch of good stuff on FISA.
That said, David Keene was last seen soliciting a giant bribe and Norquist has his own history of ethically questionable decisions, so it would be nice if some non-corrupt conservative leaders came out in favor of more robust protections for civil liberties.
UPDATE: Daniel Larison says that the ACU reprinted a blog post from Eunomia without his knowledge. While this may reflect poorly on the ACU’s editorial department, I still take it as a hopeful sign that the organization is becoming more open to heterodox conservative thinkers.