I think we're just going for I left out the a. S'all right.
But yes, some people would view the patriot act as a form of martial law. Except it's not general law enforcement that can take advantage of it, only certain select groups. It allows for things like wiretapping, arresting people and not giving them due process, and executing arrests and searches without warrents (or with "secret" warrents issued by "secret" courts which amount to the same thing)
Don't forget the gag orders. "Mr Librarian / ISP operator / phone company / whatever, are required to give us all the records you have pertaining to Joe Bloggs, **and you aren't allowed to tell anyone about the fact that you did this.**"
Classic. Also when interviewed, he demands the interviewer "now, listen." a lot. I get a kick out of it. I had something relevant to the forum thread, but it slipped my mind when I read Erikas post. Lol.