When Ahmed Abbassi was arrested in New York City a year ago, it was big news.
No less an authority than NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly opined that this was proof "terrorism has not abated."
Abbassi and his collaborators were on the verge of blowing up a passenger train and poisoning the water supply of a major city. They could have caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands.
A year later authorities are quietly rigging a plea bargain to get him out of the country.
Obviously, if all those terror headlines had the slightest merit this would not be happening, but as with virtually all of these domestic terror tales, most of the "facts" originate from paid informants who have a vested interest in making stuff up.
So while terror may have abated, the fevered hunt for imaginary terror plots has not.