you don’t have to cast the dragnet this wide. And you can start by, oh, focusing on every Saudi or Yemeni who comes here. But no. We have to pry into the bank account of Carl Krebsbach in Lake Wobegon. He *might* be a terrorist.
Memo to the US Gov’t (and I know you can hear me, or will be able to soon): We are at war with Radical Islamicists, not the blue-haired lady from my parish and not a legion of Britney Spears fans. The Homeland Security logo says it all.
And remember: once this become law, it’s going to be law forever. The Feds, once they seize sweeping powers, are extremely loath to give them back.