He's a lawyer. He loves to argue. Doesn't make his intent malicious.
You know, it's unfortunate that so many people think dios is a troll when he's just interested in having a discussion about a legal issue related the topic of the post. Admittedly, the discussion is not directly about the PATRIOT Act, but it is related, given that the reauthorization of the Act was filibustered, and it is related to recent discussions we've had, in the redistricting thread and the Alito thread.
It may well be true that dios takes a position not entirely his own for purposes of the discussion, but that's a common feature of legal discussions both in law school and among lawyers, indulged for the purpose of exploring an issue in depth and from multiple perspectives. I, for one, have enjoyed discussing issues with dios on this and other occasions, and plan on continuing to do so. I've learned plenty, even if sometimes it's only a confirmation of a position I already believed.
And he is a lawyer, whether you believe it or not.