It's frightening, really - is this how fascism took over seemingly constitutional democracies in the early twentieth century? Don't forget - those people were elected into office, too - and kept the general populace complacent because they were only going after the "others" - the Jews, the Gypsys, the homosexuals, not the good, upstanding people who had nothing to fear, of course, as long as they toes the party line. The "Total Information Awareness" program in particular scares me, for so many reasons, and as a computer professional who has been around the block a few times, the risks of abuse alone are frightening to consider.
Washington Post: In Terror War, 2nd Track for Suspects. The Bush administration is developing a parallel legal system in which terrorism suspects -- U.S. citizens and noncitizens alike -- may be investigated, jailed, interrogated, tried and punished without legal protections guaranteed by the ordinary system.
If you want to see America turn into a police state, just go on about your daily life as if nothing has changed. After all, your silent assent is what Bush and his constitutional wrecking crew expect from the American public.
If the executive branch has the unilateral authority to invalidate your legal protections, the Constitution is basically dead. And if you think that this power won't be abused more and more over time, you have never read any history.