Is It Rational to Be Personally Frightened about Terrorism? Or Just Politically Useful?

Fear of many other things should outweigh being frightened about terrorism.

Are you frightened about terrorism? This graphic provides a bit of perspective on the real threats to your life—things we don’t spend nearly as much money allegedly trying to avoid.

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We’ve wasted how much on the Department of Homeland Security and the totally ineffective TSA that sexually batters Americans every single day? We’ve given up how much freedom and personal privacy to self-important bureaucrats and politicians who are infinitely more likely to abuse that information and attack us, rather than to catch a single terrorist with what they collect?

Remember Mark Horne recently quoted the Washington Times:

FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents, and increasingly scooped up records of Americans who had no ties to official terrorism investigations.”

What is the record?

  • Terrorists stopped with Patriot Act: Zero
  • Terrorists caught by TSA: Zero

What was that definition of insanity again?

Also, consider this headline at the Daily Bell: “Hungry FBI Creating Fake Terrorists.”

The FBI has a problem. Not enough terrorists are plotting to attack the United States, so agents find they must manufacture more of them. The method appears to be working, too. Dozens of FBI-appointed terrorists now sit safely in prison and no longer threaten the “Homeland.”

Unfortunately, Trevor Aaronson’s reporting suggests most of these people never threatened the Homeland in the first place. They had two problems. First, they suffer from serious mental illness. Second, they trusted the FBI’s paid informants.

In an earlier era, we called this “entrapment” and law enforcement officials discouraged it. They weren’t especially concerned about civil rights, but budgets were tighter and they had plenty of other low-hanging fruit.

All this changed after 9/11 when anti-terrorism became the FBI’s top priority. The bureau found itself awash in cash and under pressure to deliver results. A national paranoia had citizens seeing potential terrorists behind every tree.

America has turned its back on God, and as a result we have a massive fear problem. God delivers freedom and eternal security, but we throw ours away and live in a growing nightmare simply because… we do not want Jesus ruling over us.

It’s sad. Just sad.