Both Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) admitted on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday that terrorism has elevated and that the United States is in fact no safer now that it was several years ago, despite elevated surveillance. After Candy Crowley asked Feinstein if Americans were “safer now than we were a year ago, two years ago,” Feinstein said, “I don’t think so…The numbers are way up. There are new bombs, very big bombs…There are more groups than ever. And there is huge malevolence out there.”
Rogers seconded that motion, stating, “I absolutely agree that we’re not safer today for the same very reasons…it’s getting more difficult.”
Both Feinstein and Rogers called for additional surveillance to make it easier to track terrorists, but failed to explain how further encroachments upon Americans’ privacy rights had achieved mitigation of terror threats over the past several years. Neither explained why President Obama and his administration repeatedly declared that al Qaeda was on the run during his 2012 re-election campaign, either.