Terror Experts Analyze Boston Manhunt
8:30 a.m. ET — Chad Sweet, former CIA Director of Operations; former Homeland Security Chief of Staff
"[The] lack of sophistication of the device does suggest that this is what I'd call the 'B' team. This is not the 'A' team. And if you look at other signatures here, the way they actually executed, the explosions. They were ... done within 15 seconds of each other as opposed to doing a second sequence where you blow the first device—wait for the first responders to come on scene—to get second wave of casualties with a second device."
7:52 a.m. ET — R. James Woolsey, director of Central Intelligence from 1993-1995.
"The thing that makes me think it's ideological, in part, is the target. Like 9/11, when the targets—if it hadn't been for the heroes on Flight 93—would have included the Congress, the Pentagon, and the World Trade Center. These are emblematic of the United States. Patriots Day in Boston commemorates the American Revolution."
"It is something of an ideological enemy not just someone who was crazed for workplace violence on something like that. … When you target something that is symbolic of the United States, you probably think—or the group you're part of thinks of itself—as an enemy of the United States in some way."
7:17 a.m. ET — Charles Peña, senior fellow at Independent Institute; defense and homeland security analyst for MSNBC:
"In terrorist attacks overseas, kids are trained at a fairly early age. ... They've identified these two gentlemen coming from Chechnya, which has been a war zone forever. The likelihood that they've received some military or paramilitary training is probably relatively high, especially given their ability to fashion different improvised explosive devices."
6:19 a.m. ET — Roger Cressey, former National Security Council official in the Clinton and Bush administrations and current NBC News consultant:
"It's remarkable development that it happened so quickly. If this was the result of the news conference yesterday where the FBI publicized both photos, we see the benefit of that."
"The FBI won't have released the pictures if they had other leads. The whole purpose of doing it was to get the public involved. If anyone is second-guessing right now, "A" they're foolish and "B" if the reason these individuals are caught it's because of the action yesterday."
6:03 a.m. ET — Jeff Lanza, former FBI Agent:
"It's possible they did it themselves. But my thought is there is other people involved from a direction standpoint, an organization standpoint. ... Sounds to me like this is a bigger thing. But we don't know that yet. The police and the FBI are going to be working hard over the next several days."
"[Authorities] are going to have the names and they can certainly trace back the history of when they came into the country. Were they students? Did they just get here? There are going to be paper records, electronic records of everything that lead up to them coming to the United States. So they'll get that all figured out in time."