1. Bush's popularity is at an all-time low.
2. He's losing on Social Security
3. The Patriot Act is coming up for reexamination.
4. The FBI wants to make it even more permissive than it is now (might as well strip away the few privacy right we still have left)
5. Bush is out stumping for the Patriot Act
6. Al Quaeda is discovered in Lodi.
Now--perhaps I'm just overly suspicious, but does it strike you that this discovery is just a tad too timely? I'm betting they've had those guys under surveillance for months, if not longer, waiting for a politically correct moment to pick them up.