I need to thank eagle243 for these links ... but I think it's important that we refresh ourselves on the BASICS of what makes the USA special.
The Bill of Rights
The Declaration of Independence
Right now the forces of Statism are posing as much a threat (if not more) to these precious things as are the forces of Terrorism. Let your elected officials know that we will not stand to have the core principles of the American way of life trampled in their rush to appear to be "doing something" in the current crisis. After all, what good is it to have no more "America" when the dust finally settles on this conflict?
In the words of Ben Franklin:
"Those who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safetly deserve neither liberty nor safety!"