After 9/11, many Americans don’t know it or feel it, but legislation started moving in a scary way toward a 1984 type scenerio. The most significant act that was passed was the Patriot act, which allows any suspected terrorist to be monitored in any way possible without anyone being legally able to say anything about it. People (even american citizens) can be detained without being charged. The majority of the act is a blatant violation of the constitution.
Finally, a part of it has been ruled unconstitutional by a Judge.
Personally, I want the whole thing repealed. The FBI has been monitoring anti-Bush activists as potential terrorists, and to me that is an obvious attempt to keep him in office. ANYONE could be labelled a potential terrorist in some way if you think about it.
Read here for information on the Patriot Act and its inherent flaws. It is overwhelmingly obvious that this can be abused quietly and easily.