Rick Mathews

An expert on homeland security says there is little doubt that today’s attacks in Brussels that left more than 30 people dead and more than 166 injured was in retaliation for the arrest last Friday in Brussels of the alleged ringleader of the Paris attacks that occurred late last year. Rick Mathews, the director of simulations and training at the University at Albany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, tells WAMC News why he believes Brussels has become ground zero for terrorism in Europe.

The terrorist attacks in Paris Friday evening have many wondering about what's next. Will there be another attack? How are officials in the U.S. responding to the attacks overseas?

To help answer some of those questions WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Rick Mathews, Director of the National Center for Security & Preparedness at the University at Albany. Mathews offered his assessment of the attacks.

"Death ray" - it’s a phrase you would most likely expect to see across the top of a pulp sci-fi comic book from the 1950s – but this week it graced the front pages of some newspapers in their coverage of a case of domestic terrorism home-grown in New York’s Capital District.

On Thursday a federal magistrate in Albany ruled that 49-year-old Glendon Scott Crawford and 54-year-old Eric J. Feight are a threat and should remain jailed. 

The men are accused of trying to build a portable x-ray weapon to sicken Muslims and enemies of Israel.

For more on the events today in Boston, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with Rick Mathews, the director of the National Center for Security and Preparedness at the University at Albany. He began by asking him if at this early stage he believes the explosions were the work of domestic or foreign terrorists.