In an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Market Makers, Daniel Benjamin, the Norman E. McCulloch Jr. Director of Dartmouth’s John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, discusses the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon. Benjamin is the former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department.
“The FBI and the associated federal authorities have an extraordinary record of solving these cases, and no one has greater forensic capabilities, intelligence capabilities, investigative capabilities,” Benjamin tells Bloomberg. “I’m quite confident that we will get to the bottom of this.”
In terms of the impact in cities across the country, Benjamin says, “It’s natural after an event like this that major metropolitan areas will raise their security levels and take additional measures, because it’s very very difficult to say whether this is one attack in a campaign or whether it’s a solitary event. The fact that these devices were very generic, or appear to be very simple, gives you a small bit of hope that this was a solo operator or a small group and therefore that they wouldn’t have the capability to carry out additional attacks. But you have to be prudent and take precautions to ensure public safety.”
Watch the full interview, broadcast 4/16/13 on Bloomberg Television.