Should fear mongering by politicians and governments be considered a crime?

Politicians and governments tend to use fear to get their agendas put into law. The current US debt debate is a good example. Ad's showing elderly people being pushed over cliffs, presidential talking points threatening not to pay social security (which as I understand it is illegal), and other things distort the truth. Maybe it should be a crime punishable by removal from office and loss of all benefits accrued. Thoughts?

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Absolutely not. How would you define "Fear mongering" in the first place? With a term so ambiguous, almost anything could be defined as such given that most things are liable to frighten somebody somewhere. Furthermore, what if fear is a legitimate human reaction to a legitimate event i.e war, famine or adverse weather?

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