BitWorking has this piece. Regardless of which side of the issue you're on, US citizens should be aware of this, if for no other reason than to be able to debate it with those that don't share your views.
How Do You Build a Police State?
The same way you eat an elephant. Is it even worth asking where the "professional" media is on this story?
On December 13, when U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein, President George W. Bush not only celebrated with his national security team, but also pulled out his pen and signed into law a bill that grants the FBI sweeping new powers. A White House spokesperson explained the curious timing of the signing - on a Saturday - as "the President signs bills seven days a week." But the last time Bush signed a bill into law on a Saturday happened more than a year ago - on a spending bill that the President needed to sign, to prevent shuttng down the federal government the following Monday. [San Antonio Current]