Don't let the Capitol riot reignite the war on terror

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) objected to the call for a new domestic terrorism bill on Twitter, noting that “our problems on Wednesday weren’t that there weren’t enough laws, resources, or intelligence. We had them, & they were not used.”

She pointed to a different culprit.

“We’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment,” she said on Instagram, “so you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation, it’s one thing to have different opinions, but another thing to say things that are just false.”

To let government agencies “rein in” the media is to put control over speech in the hands of people who always see the benefit in less scrutiny and criticism of their own actions.

As former Chicago mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel famously quipped, “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”