I know that, but the overall vibe was still the sort of overblown post-9-11 paranoia that was endemic in this country until '05 or so.
This is all ultimately pointless. Usually, when I view a show like this (or a movie for that matter) through a political lens and write about it here you tell me to just relax and stop stressing over entertainment. I'm happy for you that you can do that but I simply can't, so we just keep spinning around in circles.
As for your second question, yes: Hatufim