There are consistent themes to this administration: incompetence, kleptocracy come to mind. But one area where it's shown disturbing competence is the war against the Rule of Law. The Padilla case and the ongoing attempts to keep law and lawyers out of Guantánamo are the most visible aspects of this strategy (ignore the minor bit of tactical posturing today — this is just about trying to avoid losing a lawsuit), but the corruption of the DoJ is part of the piece.
So here's the latest installment: Bush Wants Phone Firms Immune to Privacy Suits. See, those pesky lawyers are trying to get phone companies to obey the law. We can't have that if it gets in the way of our illegal wiretaps!