The Boston bombs, built with nails and ball bearings packed in pressure cookers, were not sophisticated and suggest homegrown terrorists, not international extremists such as al-Qaeda, who would likely have claimed responsibility, said Kenneth Christie, head of the human security and peace-building program at Royal Roads University. “What happens now that’s important is the reaction,” Christie said. “Do we go back into lockdown and over-react? To me, the best way to deal with terrorism is to treat it as a criminal offence and do criminal investigations. The problem is when it crosses the line into politics and we start to exaggerate all sorts of threats to us...”
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