This is a good piece from Dahlia Lithwick on the politics of fear and the current debate over the Protect America Act extension. It is full of links as well if you want more information on the PAA debate.
i love the politics of fear…whether dealing with terrorism in this case or environementalists whining about global warming while snow is falling in the middle east. fear is just everywhere one turns and is used in any number of instances. it seems to me that much of fear is media-driven these days since they have nothing better to do to keep everyone in panic mode so that they can sell newspapers and get ratings on the nightly newscasts.