Al Qaeda was never an “existential threat”

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September 14, 2011
Cato Institute
by Gene Healy  
Posted in Commentary

"In May 2010, after the Times Square bomber's jerry-rigged contraption of gas cans, firecrackers and fertilizer ruined his Pathfinder's upholstery, Attorney General Eric Holder proclaimed 'the most dangerous impression we can draw is that this threat no longer exists.' But by convincing ourselves that the threat is 'existential,' we've wasted trillions and built a surveillance state that refuses to recede with the waning al Qaeda threat." (09/13/11)  

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