“Journalists” Still Parroting DiFi’s Fear-Mongering

Excuse me for a little post holiday crabbiness.

But people who write stories like this are really not doing their jobs.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA said there was “huge malevolence” against the United States, and warned that the terrorism threat against the country is on the rise.  “I think terror is up worldwide,” she said. “The numbers are way up.”

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Both lawmakers admitted that the more diffuse nature of today’s terrorist groups has made it harder to counter potential threats. Rogers pointed out that the rise in al-Qaeda affiliates spread around the globe raises the risk of a smaller scale attack and makes it “exponentially harder” for U.S. intelligence to keep track of them all.

It has been clear for two weeks that this fearmongering is part of an attempt to justify the dragnet. But the premise and the response are so illogical they should never be presented as “news.”

If we’re less safe, then what thousands of experts will be fired for screwing up the war on terror?

If we’re less safe, then why aren’t our overseers scrambling to understand why massive dragnets haven’t kept us safe?

If we’re less safe, than why isn’t the press asking why both Dianne Feinsein and Mike Rogers be fired for their failures?

If we’re less safe (and the real numbers don’t support these fear-mongers), then the response should be far more aggressive than simply repeating the claims that show a massive failure on the part of our security establishment.

But, if the claims are transparently bullshit, then reporters should not report them as fact.

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emptywheel @ddayen A very good question. I'm not even sure I have a hotel room, much less swank dinner reservations. @bmaz
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emptywheel .@AllThingsHLS Surely you're not suggesting the FBI is held to a higher standard of competence than the Senate?
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emptywheel @AllThingsHLS 5 days! It's only the equivalent of a pen register on every American...
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emptywheel Garden variety pen registers have to be renewed every 90 days. The current phone dragnet is already 91 days old. https://t.co/ZySYAei2Bf
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emptywheel Behold, BR 15-24, the Longest-Serving Phone Dragnet Order Ever https://t.co/ZySYAei2Bf Feinstein wants to extend it over a year.
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emptywheel @flyinggibbon No staff, which I think extends to friends and their yachts.
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bmaz @weems @OKnox No, that's a decent plan. In fact, I try to impart upon clients to avoid handcuffs at all costs. Some of them even heed advice
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bmaz @weems @OKnox I have several utility knives out in my workshop, is this the kind of "utility" we are talking about? #FirstCutIsTheDeepest
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emptywheel @ubiqunity But even under Stellar Wind they did period renewals.
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emptywheel @ubiqunity Not a dumb question! FISA Pen Registers have to be renewed every 90 days, so Internet dragnet on which phone was based renewed.
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emptywheel Today current phone dragnet order turns 90 days old. Think that makes it the longest-serving dragnet order. DiFI wants it extended a year
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