It's so easy with recent events like FISA and the Patriot Act to blame Bush and the republicons but truth can turn perception on it's ear. Seems Bush and Cheney not only followed the demonrat trail on Iraq but did the same with FISA and the Patriot Act. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECHELON http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Lantern_(software) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnivore_(FBI) These are just the tip of the iceberg with vast more info found at footnotes, external links and some google searches. The demonrats voted for FISA because they knew the republicons know all about their dirty laundry and wanted this fact hidden from view. Legislative and electoral blackmail, you gotta love it. Oh don't flipout republicons as though your guys are the bad evildoers, that blackmail has worked in reverse too and on many occassion! You can say, your side came by it honestly!