By Christopher Strom
Looking on the recent terrorist attack that occurred in Boston, it’s clear that the lessons from the past continue to persist unabated in our intelligence organizations.
After the terrorist attack of 9/11, then President George W. Bush sought enactment of the U.S. Patriot Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001), which was signed into law October 2001.
This vital and ever-evolving law allowed federal law enforcement to monitor terrorist activity both inside the United States and around the world in order to keep us all safe.
Strom, of Roanoke, is a former U.S. Marine, retired sergeant from the NYPD Intelligence Divisions Counter Terrorism Unit. He served in Iraq as the lead tactical debriefing officer and continues to instruct on domestic/counter terrorism strategies to U.S. special forces, law enforcement and colleges.