Obama calls San Bernardino shootings ‘act of terror,’ but motive unknown

Obama calls San Bernardino shootings ‘act of terror,’ but motive unknown

[Ed. – What does that even mean?]

President Obama is moving cautiously toward acknowledging radical Islamist-inspired terrorism as the possible motivation in the San Bernardino shootings, saying the attacks show a need to “prevent people from falling victim to these hateful ideologies.”

“It is entirely possible that these two attackers were radicalized to commit this act of terror,” Obama said in his weekly radio address Saturday. “And if so, it would underscore a threat we’ve been focused on for years — the danger of people succumbing to violent extremist ideologies.”

Obama’s comments — his first since speculating Thursday that the shootings might also be workplace violence — reflect the the evolving assessment by law enforcement officials who are now investigating the incident as terrorism.

FBI Director James Comey said Friday afternoon that there are indications of “radicalization by the killers and the potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations.”

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