Oliver North: Boston Horror 'A New Norm' for the Nation

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 02:59 PM

By Bill Hoffmann and Kathleen Walter

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Col. Oliver North says the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon unfortunately represent “a new normal’’ as bloodthirsty terrorists continue to plot deadly attacks against the United States.

“Yes, this is the new normal. This is the new world disorder that we’re at,’’ North, a decorated former Marine lieutenant colonel and founder of Freedom Alliance, told Newsmax TV.

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“Quite frankly, it’s a miracle that it hasn’t already happened at least once or twice and, of course, several people have tried. We’re in an era where we have to be constantly on the guard.’’

Editor's Note: LIGNET: Was al-Qaeda Behind the Attacks?

North, author of military suspense thriller “Heroes Proved,’’ said the marathon crowds were lucky the two explosions were not as powerful as they could have been.

“Miraculously, only three people are killed,’’ he said. “It sounds like a terrible thing to say, but when you have a crowd as big as you had in Boston and three causalities . . . along with scores of wounded, it is miraculous.’’

North said President Barack Obama was correct in not trying to speak too definitively about what happened with so much still unknown — particularly after the way the Benghazi attack was handled.

“I don’t think anybody has been more critical than I have been of this president, but I have to say it was important that he not get out in front of the facts,’’ he said.

“I don’t necessarily think presidents need to speak within minutes of some event occurring in this country, certainly not all the politicians we’ve seen elbowing each other out of the way to get in front of the camera … It’s important that those who do speak, speak with the facts at hand.’’

It was right, however, for the bombings to be acknowledged as acts of terror early on, according to North.

“When you have bombs go off, and you use the word bombs plural, it is an act of terrorism. There’s no doubt in my mind about that,’’ he said, speculating the bomber could be a foreign terrorist, an American, or a “homegrown jihadi.’’

“It could also be a Timothy McVeigh who probably couldn’t spell the word jihad,’’ said North of the infamous maniac who bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

The ex-military man said the bombs in the Boston tragedy appeared to be homemade explosives.

“That does not necessarily tell us a whole lot except that it’s probably not a stolen device from a U.S. military arsenal,’’ he said.

“Certainly, improvised explosive devices have got to be on the minds of every law enforcement person in America.’’

Editor's Note: LIGNET: Was al-Qaeda Behind the Attacks?

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