Ted Rall can sometimes come across as melodramatic or paranoid, but you might find this disturbing too: Yahoo News Perhaps there are less sinister reasons for this. I can see Bush wanting to "protect" his ability to use National Guard troops from a new influx of Democratic governors who may refuse to cooperate with him. Yet this does look like bad news of the police state variety. There are two possible reasons the MSM have not picked up on this. One is that Rall (and Leahy) are distorting this story. The other is that the MSM are once again being negligent in raising the alarm. Like many stories of the Bush administration, this could be one of those that begins "under the radar" and blows up into a much bigger thing. But with only bloggers writing about it and the MSM ignoring it, I'd love to hear the opinions of others -- Congressmen, civil liberties experts, etc. -- to get their take on this. Because if we're to take what Rall says at face value, we've just taken another step towards fascism in America.