In sleepier times, you could just go about your life and shrug, and say that there are mortgages to pay and children to school, sitcoms to watch, and that, from the start, two centuries ago, even some funding fathers felt the noisy rabble, beyond the ramparts, couldn’t «handle the truth.»

But these are not ordinary times. Knowledge, in fact, is power, enough to burn off fear. And you at least ought to know what the hell’s been going on.

It’s what Americans do.

Ron Suskind The ONE percent doctrine. Deep inside America’s persuit of its enemies since 9/11.