White House Comments on Government's Terrorism Enforcement Activities
December 8, 2003

At the daily briefing by White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan on December 8, 2003 a reporter asked about the President's views on TRAC's new report documenting the nuts and bolts of the Bush Administration's terrorism enforcement efforts since 9/11/01 -- a very large increase in prosecutions but only a handful of cases where the convicted individuals received significant sentences. (Also weighing in was the Justice Department and the FBI.) McClellan's initial response was a broad claim that "the United States is winning the war on terrorism with unrelenting focus and unprecedented cooperation." Questioned further, the press secretary said the very large number of prosecutions -- even while resulting in minimum sentences -- was valuable because it forced those caught in the net to provide "critical intelligence about al Qaeda and other terrorist groups."

White House Comments


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