No, and I pray I am right. It is not beyond comprehension for this administration to have 'devised' this threat to deflect attention from their current predicament or to try to convince the public that they really care about our national security. It smells a lot like Munchausen by proxy.
Doubtful, although I'm sure we'll hear about how they stopped one.
Actually, they do stop terrorist attacks from time to time. The services also clear up crimes much more effectively with the new information technologies.
That is not really the issue. The question is if the administration is well enough controlled by the populace to allow it to use data mining technologies and collect the amounts of information required or would it be better to allow more crime and terror attacks? It is really quite a rational decision.
And so, how do we control government, so we can use the new technologies efficiently and without endangering ourselves? Should we be taping every politician and mid level bureaucrat, fore instance? That way we would be able to tell if government people had broken the law or infringed on peoples rights.Yes, but the question is at what level is needed. We could claim that the government having the ability to search every home on a day to day basis, wire tapping everything, and "interviewing" people could stop terrorist attacks as well.
The decision to do something to stop terrorism is a quite rational decision, but the way to do it and at what level to do it is what is in debate.
Up the "chatter" and watch the Americans spin out of control.
Its like a game now. They will hit us when they can and when they see oppourtunity, the rest is just talk.