This week’s high-profile attack in Paris, France has US government agencies salivating at the opportunity to capitalize on this new round of fear to secure major additional funding.
The NSA is making this press most directly, with Director Admiral Michael Rogers saying that the attack in France “makes life a lot harder” for the NSA, and necessitates more surveillance of potential “lone wolves.”
Which is going to require a lot more money and power, which Congress will almost certainly give them, which suggests life for the NSA actually got a lot easier, they just don’t want to admit it.
House Republicans aren’t even waiting for the Department of Homeland Security to play this game, and have already unveiled a $40 billion spending bill just for them, saying it is critical to keep the nation safe. With panic around what happened in France looming large, expect Congress to give everyone all they want, and then some.