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Former FBI assistant director analyzes aftermath of Boston bombings

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CHARLOTTE—The man hunt in Massachusetts has law enforcement and international experts scratching their heads.

Boston and its suburbs are on lockdown as investigators search for one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Former Assistant Director of the FBI Chris Swecker takes in the images, the scrolling alerts, and hears the happenings.

“I can sympathize with law enforcement,” said Swecker.

Swecker has seen and experience a lot during this career, but he said he's never seen tactics and technology being used in Massachusetts.

“There are a lot of things about this investigation that is unprecedented. The use of tech and mass tech are allowing the bad guys the opportunity to watch TV and know what's coming which spurs an armed confrontation,” said Swecker.

Swecker said he wouldn't be surprised if someone dies before the suspect is caught. He said he also wouldn't be surprised if the suspect took hostages. He said it was odd for law enforcement officers to release the photos of the two suspects.

“As soon as you go public and you put those photos out, you put these people into a corner and they become erratic and desperate,” said Swecker

He also said shutting down a city unprecedented.

“I don't think we have seen anyone shut down a city like this or attempting to shut down an entire city like this,” said Swecker.

Like Swecker, international affairs professor Daniel Masters is watching in wonder.

“This seems to be a bolt from the blue,” said Masters.

He said it is unprecedented that someone from Chechnya would target the United States. He wonders whether the two were radicalized during Chechnya's conflict with Russia before moving to America or they had a hard time adapting to U.S. life.
       
“My gut tells me there is no connection to this with the conflict in Chechnya,” said Masters.

Both Masters and Swecker said this is uncharted territory playing out before our eyes.

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