We know that the beginning stages of a police state exist in the United States when: a leader is brought into power through illegal means a national catastrophe is used as the pretext to begin a war and institute extraordinary restrictions on constitutional liberties citizen dissent is held to be treasonous the constitutional separation of powers is abrogated by a power-mad executive branch which controls or intimidates the other two branches of government The US Patriot Act was enacted by a Congress that had not actually read it. The only thing representatives and senators got was a two or three page compendium from the White House press office. Nobody was actually given the time to read the provisions of the act. The White House intimidated members of Congress into passing the bill by telling them that if they refused to sign it, they'd be labeled as "unpatriotic"--something almost all members of Congress were frightened of at the time. Lieberman, Daschle and Gephardt later wrote a memorandum stating that Congress had effectively given the Bush Administration "near dictatorial powers." Let the sheeple awake from their daze! Editorial Digest Keeping you informed!