Security Expert: bin Laden Death Doesn't Change Terror Threat

One of the top homeland security experts in the country says he doesn't see any change in the threat level to the United States now that Osama bin Laden has been killed.

Randy Larsen, a retired Air Force colonel and founding director of the Institute for Homeland Security, joined Brazos Valley This Morning Wednesday to discuss threats to the country after the terror leader's death.

Larsen says terror attacks are inevitable, and that any that come in the future will likely be attributed to revenge for bin Laden, though they were probably going to happen regardless.

"Technology allows small groups of people to make serious attacks on large nations," Larsen said. "It's something we've never seen in the history of the human race. You can use cyber warfare, use computers to attack people, attack their economies. We've seen several nations hit where their banking systems were crippled. Biological terrorism is certainly something we looked at in the congressional commission I led last year. Nuclear terrorism is certainly something."

Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama told CBS News' 60 Minutes that he had decided not to release any photographs of bin Laden's body as proof that U.S. forces had killed him. It's a move Larsen would agree with.

"I don't think it's going to convince anyone," he said Wednesday morning. "We all know what 14-year-old kids can do with Photoshop these days. If we really didn't get bin Laden, we could have Photoshopped something and said that it looks like him. I think the real test is if bin Laden was still alive, he would probably be sending out a video tape right now holding a copy of the New York Times saying that he was dead."

To see the entire interview from BVTM, click on the video with this story.

Larsen is the author of "Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions About Security to Protect You, Your Family and America."


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