I found the level of paranoia, fear, and lack of intelligence (information) Johnson was expressing to be an interesting juxtaposition to the aggressive information omnipotence people are increasingly ascribing to the executive branch in light of the Snowden revelations about our intelligence services. -My guess is that the more data you have, the more paranoid one becomes. Unless you have an absolutely clear picture of intelligence, you are somewhat forced to be "paranoid." You have to color in the missing bits of information. You have analysts that are supposed to do this for you and paint you the most accurate picture possible, but when you know that the truths you are being told are narratives constructed by minimal amounts of data, anyone would be a bit paranoid.