Suspending Habeus Corpus isn't partisan, it is treason. GB is doing the same thing with their data gathering. I love Lincoln, but he was a traitor a few times (but this was small compared to the South, he was dealing with Copperheads (Northerners who supported the South)). FDR did a few restrictions, as did Grant ... in wartime. Of course now that we have perpetual war ... yes the Patriot Act suspended Habeus Corpus. It shouldn't ever be suspended, and if suspended only during war time, only as needed not as a general rule for tyrannical purpose, and not in the context of perpetual war (as per the bi-partisan neocons and neo-libs). So yes, it isn't a partisan issue, but that is a bad thing, not a good thing. Both R and D are ... beyond the rule of law. The first thing to be suspended in war, is the rule of law (hence Interpol wasn't sent to pick up Osama). But that is why perpetual war is so good for elite scoff-laws and war profiteers like Cheney ... they never have to obey the law ... as if writing the laws to legalize their criminality wasn't sufficient already.