Author of the books "Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill" and "Denial: A Memoir of Terror"
Boston is on lock-down this morning as police continue to hunt for the 2nd suspect in the Boston marathon bombings. Overnight, the two suspects killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt. One suspect was killed, the surviving Boston bombing suspect has been identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass.
The Brian Lehrer Show has updates from Boston in the wake of the bombings at the marathon that left 3 dead and over 150 injured: how the investigation is going, how you can help, and implications for New York area security.
On Tuesday, French police arrested 12 people suspected of planning homegrown terror attacks. The arrests come on the heels of a non-specific terror warning from the U.S. State Department for Americans traveling in Western Europe, encouraging tourists to "take every precaution." While waiting for more details about the alleged terror threat in Europe to emerge, Americans abroad are assessing how seriously they'll take the State Department's warning to be vigilant and aware.
Terrorism expert Jessica Stern has been helping Americans understand the complexities behind the causes of terrorism in the 21st century. However, it took her many years to understand her own fascination with the subject. At age 15 she was attacked and raped in her own home. The crime was not immediately investigated. Stern explains how writing about her own experience with terror led her to better understand the relationship between terrorists and their victims.