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More surveillance won’t help

The Paris gunmen had been on watchlists for years. Building up extra intelligence on all 66 million residents of France would not have helped; keeping an unflinching eye on the few thousands who provoke serious fears might have done. If the question were resources, the spies would deserve a fair hearing. But they seem more interested in the power to add hay to the stack, a perverse way to hunt the needle.

From The Guardian.

I realize that, for the informed, this situation is not new or shocking. Which does not alter the criminal failure represented by now narrowly it is understood.