Well stynx, I think everybody knows about the Patriot act and how it stomps all over the right to privacy. There have been many stories in the news about people being arrested for speaking their mind. Don't get caught wearing a t-shirt with a message on it being critical of Bush in a public place, you will go to jail. Didn't there used to be an ammendmant guarenteeing free speech. It seem so long ago, I can'd recall. Many have also heard about people being arrested without charge. Just the other day, a 16-Year-old girl here in Michigan was arrested while waiting in a public place for her mother to pick her up simply because she had no ID on her. Cops now can make there own rules, it seems, since there is no law requiring citizen's to carry ID(Don't confuse this with licenses for oprating equipment).
The Supreme court ruled just recently that local governments(as in city, but of course applies to levels of government) can take any land they want, and not just for public use, but even to then sell to private parties.
This is all general knowledge. If you would just read the news occasionally, you might become enlightened the world in which you live.