Here, I'll just copy/paste myself, WRT threat narrative:
Just a reminder: Heart Disease and Accidents cause more deaths every single year than over four hundred 9/11's. It's been over a decade now... That's more than 4000 September 11th sized attacks. Are you scared to eat and/or drive now? That's how fucking pathetic the fear narrative is.
This is America. We drive fast cars to fast food restaurants without a second thought. You want me to continue to ALLOW an expensive totalitarian spying apparatus to protect us from 0.00025 the danger we face from cars and cheeseburgers? What the fuck can the ineffectual terrorists do? If the NSA wanted to protect us they'd be making tastier health food and building self driving cars or the Hyper-Loop.
Now, that's ACTUAL terrorist attacks vs automobiles and junk food I'm talking about. You can imagine the threat from the leaks is ridiculously minuscule in comparison. As a scientist, when confronted with extraordinary claims, especially about threats, my immediate response is to shout: PROVE IT!
Now, I'm not from the UK, however, I suspect midges aren't feared as eye-pecking vultures over there. Free yourself from the threat narrative. Godwin be damned, bowing to such notions is how you wind up slaughtering Jews, Internment Camping Japanese, Victims of population control in Vietnam, and with Stasi-style police forces.
Use fear to win political goals? Fuck right off, Terrorist!