Re: Here We Go Again. @Charles 9
"Perhaps you haven't noticed that by simply making the haystack bigger they're not making it any easier to find the needle?"
Perhaps you haven't noticed that the size of the haystack isn't that big of an issue when you've got a magnet, an x-ray machine, or something else that lets you pick out the interesting stuff from all the chaff (that's what the computers are for).
As for the odds, that doesn't mean much either, because you're talking things like plane crashes and meteorite impacts. Sure, the odds are slim, but when they DO happen, they happen BIG (IOW, they're low-incidence but high-consequence). This isn't like your average law-enforcement deal where plods can just investigate things after the fact because after the face is just too damn late when the threat is existential.