A federal appeals court ruling late Monday is the cause célèbre of the American Civil Liberties Union, as another provision of the Bush administration's Patriot Act falls to the judicial system.
Until the ruling, recipients of so-called "national security letters" were legally forbidden from speaking out. The letters, usually a demand for documents, or a notice that private records had been searched by government authorities, were criticized as a cover-all for FBI abuses.
The Patriot Act and just about everything else Bush has done are like a dump truck load of shit dropped on the Constitution - it came all at once and has to be removed one shovelful at a time.
By the way, this shovelful took four and a half years.