Yes, it's laughable and ludicrous. What I find interesting at this point isn't any of that, especially since I've debunked this kind of self-created hysteria on more than a few previous occasions (as have other writers, to be sure). But governments lie all the time; when it comes to consolidating and enhancing their own already immense powers, they rarely do anything else. None of that should be surprising to any minimally functioning adult. That such ridiculous routines continue to evoke panic and fear among so many Americans is testament only to Americans' remarkable (and frequently unforgivable) immaturity, ignorance and willingness to believe an endless stream of lies.