Look at the enormous rescission of the Constitution that came about. The Federal Government has given itself all sorts of new power (all at the cost of liberty and privacy for the people) that the people and many in government for that matter simply would not have accepted otherwise.
Further, Bush like the presidents before him and Obama now are mere puppets. These actions were undertaken to ensure that American military might would be all the more difficult to undermine and to also ensure that the people would be further under control...or the boot heel would be all the more closer to their faces.
I imagine what men such as Jefferson, Madison, Henry and radical Sam Adams would be doing to day were they alive. I'd be willing to bet dollars to doughnuts they'd be in a drop top Cadillac on their way to DC with a bazooka.