The United States citizen, Jose Padilla, who was designated an illegal enemy combatant by president Bush in an attempt to deny him habeas corpus protections has finally been brought to trial (link). Padilla’s attorney sums up the case:

Political crises can cause parts of our government to overreach. This is one of those times.

I would go further than that; the government always tries to unduly expand its power; political crises let it get away with it.