April 16, 2013

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Homeland security specialist won’t jump to conclusions about Boston attacks

PURCHASE – The chairman of the homeland security master’s program at Pace University’s Campus in Pleasantville won‘t speculate as to whether those who set off fatal bombs at the Boston Marathon were domestic or foreign terrorists or what their motives might be.

Joseph Ryan, PhD, was a consultant to the Office of Domestic Preparedness of the Department of Homeland Security from 2002 to 2010. He is retired from the NYPD and is a certified State Police instructor for New York City and Westchester County police departments.

Ryan said the modern technology that is available with a great many people taking pictures and video of the race will be an important tool for law enforcement.

He said everyone was watching their loved ones in the race and shooting video.

“I think this is the best possibility that we have of collecting evidence,” Ryan said.

The FBI is in the lead in the investigation, which is involving federal, state and local authorities.

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