Naomi Klein: Shock Doctrine
The answer to Atrios's question, "What changed?", I would guess, is that internal Republican polling now indicates an Obama win. Therefore, the Republicans are implementing their shock doctrine policies now, rather than later. (Of course, there could well be a national security surprise as well.)
Lovely. Will the Ds go along? After FISA, I'd bet yes, but we must do what we can.