Came home this evening and turned on C-Span and saw (heard, actually) the current oral arguments being made in front of the Supreme Court, in defense of certain aspects of the Patriot Act. The cases being argued are Rasul vs. Bush and Al Odah vs. the US. To my pleasant surprise, the justices appeared disinclined to accept at face value all the arguments that U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson presented. I wouldn't quite say they gave him a grilling, but if Olson thought he was just going to waltz in and pretty much get a rubber stamp for the Bush administration's policies, he was sorely disappointed. Who knows, maybe some of the more Draconian parts of the so-called Patriot Act will be struck down. If you'd like to hear what transpired today, C-Span is offering a Real Player recording at their site.