CCU terrorism expert: be patient with bomb case

Don't expect a quick resolution to the Boston bombing case. That's according to an intelligence expert at Coastal Carolina University.

Today, Dr. Jonathan Smith teaches national security at CCU, but he used to work in that field as a Navy intelligence officer for 23 years.

He says Americans should be patient with the Boston incident. Finding the perpetrator will be time-consuming for investigators, he says, because they have to sort through a mass of confusion, lack of information and incorrect information.

"Our culture is defined by technology and speed and sometimes, the answer is it's just going to take awhile and that's usually not terribly satisfying," said Smith.

It's too early to tell whether the terrorists in this case are foreign or domestic, Smith says, but it's curious that so far no group has taken credit for the attack.

"There's not been a lot of indications on the Jihadi websites of claims of responsibility, to my knowledge, and that's a little bit unusual for the foreign-based terrorism."

What's not unusual in this case was the use of a pressure cooker bomb. Smith says that type of bomb is popular with terrorists from South Asia, but directions on how to make one are easy for any terrorist to find.

"Terrorist organizations learn from one another and given the Internet, a lot of this information is widely available, so I don't think you can definitively draw any conclusions that it comes from a specific area," said Smith.

Despite those uncertainties, Smith is confident the terrorists will be captured, considering all the surveillance technology available today.

"It is very difficult to not get caught, ultimately. The government has such a wide range of assets at its disposal, more so than it had 20 years ago."

Smith says while it's human nature to want to know all the answers right away, this case will take time, but the perpetrators will eventually be brought to justice.