Terrorism Expert Phares: 50/50 Chance Boston Bombing Was al-Qaida

Monday, 15 Apr 2013 07:49 PM

By Greg Richter and Kathleen Walter

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A terrorism expert tells Newsmax TV that chances are about 50/50 on whether the bombings at the Boston Marathon were domestic or foreign.

Dr. Walid Phares, an adviser to members of Congress and author of “The Coming Revolution,” doesn’t think it is likely North Korea was behind the attacks.

Those engaging in terrorist activivities since 9/11 tend to be of two types, Phares tells Newsmax. “One are the (domestic) right-wing, far-right extremists, followed by the (domestic) far-left ... And everything that we call jihadists, that could be al-Qaida or a domestic link to al-Qaida.”

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Phares said the perpetrators purposely picked a “highly symbolic” event to give them “an additional victory” as the event gained lots of media attention.

And another attack on U.S. soil is nothing to be surprised at, he tells Newsmax.

“I have been projecting that the cells, if it’s jihadist cells or domestic extremists, have not stopped, have not reformed,” Phares said. “If they don’t stop, what do you expect? They’re going to try to do more, unfortunately.”

Still, he said, another attack in the near future isn’t likely. He didn’t rule out the possibility of copycats or of more attacks by similar perpretrators, but added that law enforcement acted correctly, putting hightened security in place in other cities.

Phares predicted a “bottom-up” approach to solving the act of terror. Investigators will check how the bombs were deployed and what kind of Internet chatter was taking place on terrorist sites in recent weeks.

“Law enforcement is more prepared than ever,” Phares tells Newsmax. “The problem is the policy level.” The public has been told that al-Qaida is being weakened by the killings of Osama bin Ladin and Anwar al-Awlaki, he said.

“That is not true. We need to continue to be on our guard and, more importantly, we need to be very assertive and measured in security measures to prevent — not just to go after the perpetrators after the attack takes place.”











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