What happened last night is just so stunning and shameful that it's hard to know how to respond. Is it even possible to feel safe agitating against this law now that the executive has the authority to imprison US citizens indefinitely without trial for "purposefully and materially supporting hostilities against the United States"? And to the extent that the interpretation of this last point is left up to the president, haven't all the rights guaranteed in the Constitution been effectively taken away?
What we have here is the complete evisceration of the rule of law in the United States -- an executive whose consolidation of power is positively Stalinesque. How Bush uses his new power will determine whether he's seen by history as a tyrant or simply a benevolent dictator.