“See something, say something,” William Gavin, retired FBI assistant director in the New York bureau said keeping America safe begins with the help of neighbors.
Gavin has had nearly three decades of experience keeping American’s safe from terrorists. One of his biggest tests was the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centers.
“Everyone’s life was changed because that was really the first time the big footprint of terrorism stepped on the United States,” Gavin said.
He said this attack opened the eyes of millions, exponentially improving counter terrorism.
When Gavin first heard the news about this weekend’s bombings, he instantly reverted back to his bureau days.
“Who bought that? They had to have tested it. Who tested it?” the former assistant director thought out loud.
An investigative intuition the former Big Apple bureau chief wants Americans to have.
"I think coming into the public like to the 100 club, talking about what we do, what the problem is (helps),” Gavin said. “How we need the communities involvement to address the problem. It's not just the people of New York, it's the people of the United States, to be able to say our citizens are a part of the solution. Not a part of the problem."
He said technical advancements give investigators more tools to track down suspects.
“You can't go anywhere without being filmed in New York,” Gavin said. “But what solved this case, was that cameras and what not, they had a picture of him laying the bomb down in the toolbox.
He said that led directly to a bar owner identifying the suspect two days after the blasts.
Gavin said this is proof that protection against terrorist begins with you.
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