re: "Fear-Mongering? No, CYA"
"(T)he intel community wants to make sure everyone understands the constant danger -- but not that much has changed since 9/11. Open societies will always have vulnerabilities to terrorism, and while some can be mitigated, the best defense is a constant vigilance. We want our intel agencies to give us total protection, but without total control, all they can do is try their best to identify threats off of very subtle clues -- and as 9/11 taught us, connecting those dots become harder when open societies put obstacles in the way, whether for good reasons or not."
"None of what McConnell said yesterday is news. McConnell gets paid to worry about the sleeper cells, although it would be easier for him if we had a visa system that tracked overstays, which might allow law enforcement to dig up a few leads in that direction."
(Bolding of typeface above added for emphasis by me. - CAA.)