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by Paula Toti Local 12 anchor/reporter
We spoke with an expert on terrorism who believes the recent terror attacks point to a growing liklyhood of an attack on American soil.
Ed Bridgeman consults on issues of Homeland Security and teaches classes in terrorism at Clermont College.
Bridgeman says the new terror alert does not come as a surprise. He became more concerned about large scale attacks after the attack on the U-S embassy in Libya. He feels the United States did not respond to the attack and has given Al-Qaida reason to escalate.
Bridgeman says there was evidence Al-Qaida was ramping up before 911 and he believes he is seeing that same escalation.
He has been consulting with local companies who have employees who need to travel overseas. He has told them to not travel to North Africa and the Middle East.
Bridgeman is not as concerned about the so called "body bombs" that have been getting recent attention. He says Al-Qaida has the blueprint for those bombs, but he says they can be detected by airport security. He also says terror groups have more effective and efficient tools of mass destruction. He does say the bombs pose a new psychological threat.
He urges all of us to be on alert and report anything suspicious to the FBI.