Homeland Security Expert Predicts More Mail Package Incidents

A New York Police Department Bomb Squad vehicle is parked outside the Time Warner Building on October 24, 2018, after an explosive device was delivered to CNN's New York bureau. - Suspected explosive devices were sent to former president Barack Obama, defeated presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and to a building housing CNN's New York bureau less than 24 hours apart and less than two weeks before key US midterm elections, officials confirmed Wednesday. The targeted Democrats are among the most high-profile political figures in the United States, which goes to the polls on November 6 in elections seen as a referendum on Republican President Donald Trump. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- With the discovery of more explosive devices sent to high profile people who have been critics of President Donald J. Trump and the search of the person or people behind them there are worries that more could be around.

Terry Downs, Executive director of the Program for Homeland Security at Middlesex Community College says he doesn't think we're through with all of these incidents. 

"I think it's going to continue for a little while longer. The question today remains a lot of the questions remain what was yesterday morning how many more of these things might be out there," he said. 

Downs believes it is very likely the political climate has played a role in all of this

"it's an extension of the rhetoric and that has been hot for the last two years it's getting hotter by the day," he said.  

Downs says it's important for both sides to dial back the political rhetoric. Any worries that there could be others who want to follow suit. 

"It's almost an invitation to people to do something like that on the theory that they can have their fifteen minutes of fame just like whoever the real bomber is," he said.

When asked if a direct message from the President could help calm the situation down

"It could but that would the sooner that they are rational actors and that they're not operating based on a mental illness that causes them to be dangerous," he said.  

Though it may not help, Downs says perhaps there could be some benefit from a joint statement across the political spectrum.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Ben Parker (@RadioBenParker) reports

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