Citizens concerned about the continuing presence in Iraq, or multiple domestic crises in the U.S., are tempted to resort to tactics and strategies which are hallmarks of American democratic life: letters to congressmen, letters to newspaper editors, and other speak back forums. As a way of policing a crisis, citizen action and letter-writing and assembly protests have been effective tools for mobilizing public opinion and bringing attention to perceptions of failure in social policies. The Patriots Act of 2002, however, has brought a sense of threat to public protest. Widespread and non-accountable surveillance of citizens activities make policing the Iraqi or any domesticcrisis a threat to personal liberty. Those who would police the crisis are themselves being policed.