When your business is crisis management...
... then it becomes very tempting to invent a crisis. Governments do this a lot, because it works. That explicitly includes our present government (as admitted by Rahm "Never waste a crisis"). It explains global warming and gun control; both are artificial (and inflated) crises designed to transfer political power and money to those seeking to "solve" them.
See also, swine flu, avian flu, and the World Health Organization.