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Some liberal groups are concerned that the man chosen to be the next attorney general might abuse civil rights in the name of fighting terror.

The head of a group called the Alliance for Justice says Alberto Gonzales has told the administration to ignore the rule of law. And the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union wants the Senate to take a close look at the role Gonzales has played in the war on terror and in putting together the Patriot Act.

Gonzales once wrote that parts of the Geneva Convention didn't apply to al-Qaida or to the war in Afghanistan. He's also defended the policy of detaining terrorism suspects for lengthy periods without access to lawyers or the courts. The Supreme Court has essentially rejected that policy.

President Bush Wednesday nominated Gonzales to succeed John Ashcroft, who announced Tuesday that he's leaving. Bush praised Gonzales, his White House counsel, for "sharp intellect and sound judgment."