Anyone still wondering whether the USA Patriot Act, or the arguments used to implement it, might be misused or expanded beyond it's "original intent" need look no further than Minneapolis. Eight protesters at the RNC were charged with conspiracy to commit a terrorist act yesterday in Minnesota for their roles in planning disruptions at the Republican Convention there. Their plans included disruption of traffic and other measures of civil disobedience. So, in today's United States of America, acts of political and civil protest are now considered terrorism. Take that, Boston Tea Party planners and Civil Rights marchers!