"CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) -- President Bush, told by a critic he should be ashamed of his policies, defended the government's secret eavesdropping program Thursday and said he would not apologize for listening in on the phone and e-mail conversations of Americans talking to people with suspected al Qaeda links.
A man who identified himself as Harry Taylor rose at a forum here to tell Bush that he's never felt more ashamed of the leadership of his country.
He said Bush has asserted his right to tap phone calls without a warrant, to arrest people and hold them without charges and to revoke a woman's right to an abortion, among other things.
He was booed by the audience, but Bush interrupted and urged the audience to let Taylor finish.
'I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration,' Taylor said, standing in a balcony seat and looking down at Bush on stage. 'And I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and grace to be ashamed of yourself.'
Bush defended the National Security Administration's surveillance program, saying he authorized the program to protect the country.
'You said would I apologize for that?' Bush told him. 'The answer is absolutely not.'
The challenge to the president came near the end of a lengthy appearance before the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, where he took questions from the audience."
CNN.com - Bush defends domestic spying program - Apr 6, 2006
This is awesome. I applaud Harry Taylor for being brave enough to stand up and speak his mind right to the President. And Bush told him he isnt about to apologize for the things he's done. He right there says he doesnt care what people think and he will do what he wants. He didnt even try to give a political-blow-off-apology to Harry or the millions of people who agree with Harry. But then again a lot of criminals feel totally justified in committing their crimes and would never apologize for them.