Boston bombings reveal vulnerability of large public events
A leading security expert says large-scale events like the Boston Marathon are prime targets for terrorist attacks. The comment comes in the wake of Monday's bombing at the Boston event which killed three people and injured dozens of others.
According to White House officials, the Patriot Day attack is the worst bombing on U.S. soil since security was tightened after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Bob Liscouski is a former Department of Homeland Security assistant secretary and a member of Implant Sciences Corporation’s board of directors, a supplier of systems and sensors for the security market. He contends federal budget cuts in defense are making it difficult to provide secure environments, especially in large public gatherings.
“We look at improvised explosive devices [IEDs] as being one of the most ubiquitous threats that’s facing this country today, [and] they are relatively simple to make,” he tells American Family News....
...“There’s a lot of transference of technology and information on how to do those things through the Internet and other publications that can empower people who might be predisposed or might be following a terrorist group or might have an ax to grind or criminal intent or what have you to conduct an attack like this.”
Without knowing all the details from Monday’s dual explosions, Liscouski said the bombings indicate the hallmarks of a terrorist attack.
“It clearly looks like a terrorist attack,” he says. “It’s a large, public-scale event, a lot of media coverage; the type of attack that it was – the fact that there were two separate bombings in close proximity to each other. Those are sort of indicators that it could be a terrorist attack.”
With a shrinking federal defense budget, Liscouski says the bombings reveal the vulnerability of soft targets, such as a mass gathering like the Boston Marathon.