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    terrorism meme resonates very strongly with a lot of Americans. People obviously get upset about any kind of tragedy or disaster, but the notion of some evil secret plot really spooks them. The responses to the claims made by the NSA that they need to do this stuff because of terrorism  have entailed a lot of people offering highly emotional pledges of near blind support. All of that sounds like fear to me.

    I went over a list of the supposed plots that have been reported since 9/11. A few of them might have had potential for organized action. Most of them were either about a few people with some vague plans, some guy who went to the Middle East and associated with people labeled as Islamic radicals. Some of the, were lone individuals who sound like they were as much off the rails as the domestic shooters. They just happened to be muttering stuff about Allah, so they made the terrorist list.

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