This may just be one of my one-day devil theories, but I suspect the enhanced interrogation (otherwise known as torture) utilized by the Bush administration CIA and contractors with a wink and nod from Cheney and the AG has also impacted police behavior in the US. Might more than a few law enforcement types be thinking, "If the Bush administration approves of this, why can't we get tougher on those we suspect of misdeeds and law breaking"?
Some of the worst kinds of police were probably glad to see the excesses of the Bush Administration on the terrorists. Before that administration was done, school kids were being charged with terrorism for bringing a paring knife to school with an apple and librarians were viewed as treasonous for not spying and reporting on library readers who might have been reading up on something besides Moses parting the sea.
Of course, we might hope that those excesses of "enhanced interrogration" were viewed as so egregious by US law enforcement that they all decided to clean up their acts. Me thinks that might be a bit naive however.
So, do you think that perhaps the worst effect of the acts now being reported in the Senate report may be what that did to inspire US law enforcement to do their very worst ? Let me know. And remember, it is not the Senate report which might cause more problems, it is the initial inappropriate behavior of US intelligence and anti-terrorism officials.
**** Stay tuned and keep your head down--- Doug Wiken