April 30, 2013
President Obama expressed confidence that U.S. intelligence was functioning at a level sufficient to prevent large terrorist attacks, but warned of the difficulty agencies might have in tracking and preventing lone wolf attacks like the one in Boston earlier this month.
“One of the dangers we now face are self-radicalized individuals who are already here in U.S. and, in some cases, might not be part of any network,” Obama said a White House press conference on Tuesday. “Those are in some ways more difficult to prevent.”
Obama said that “the pressure we put on al Qaeda and other networks that are well financed and more sophisticated” has pushed potential terrorists to the margins, where they are forced to plot smaller-level attacks that are tougher to track.