The Obama administration, in stark contrast, is even more determined than was the Clinton administration to frame jihadist terror — oops, I mean violent extremism (wouldn’t want to refer to what causes the violent extremism) — as a crime problem to be managed by post facto indictments.
Imagine if, at the press conference, President Obama just came right out and told us:
Look, I understand that the attacks against us are committed by radical Muslims adherent to a supremacist interpretation of Islam, and therefore that encouraging agents to track Islamic supremacists would help prevent terrorist attacks. But agents could abuse that authority, while progressive journalists and Muslim activists would claim that we are at war with Islam. Weighing these matters, I have decided that terrorist attacks, as much as we condemn them, are the price we must pay to prevent the greater evils of occasional excesses from our investigators and a stream of slanders from my base.
Americans would massively disagree with him, but at least it would be honest.