Boston Lockdown ‘Extraordinary’ But Prudent, Experts Say
NPR - 04/22/2013
“The payoff to the would-be terrorists is the most disruption you can get,” says Stephen Flynn, who directs Northeastern University’s George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security. “So on the one hand, you’re trying to obviously safeguard life and property. On the other, you want to make sure that you’re not creating, essentially, future motivation for follow-on attacks to take place because [of] the possibility [that] if you carry out one of these horrific acts, you can shut down a major city.”
Flynn says he also believes officials made the right call given the circumstances, noting there is no rule book for dealing with armed individuals who may be carrying explosives.