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Former FBI agent not surprised at quick Boston search

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Within hours of the release of surveillance photos of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, investigators tracked down two brothers, engaged in a shootout, and put the community on lockdown.

Only on 13, a former FBI Deputy Director talks about the elaborate set up behind the scenes and why a manhunt prompts extreme caution.

Imagine a bustling city on a typical weekday, all at once, on lockdown. That's what happened in Boston Friday morning.

A national counterterrorism expert says the "stay and shelter" order is the urban version of the search for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bomber, Eric Robert Rudolph.

Terry Turchie is a Former FBI Deputy Assistant Director. By phone, he told 13 Investigates he's not surprised at how quickly the joint terrorism task force in Boston narrowed in on the suspects after observing them on surveillance at the crime scene.

"These are dangerous people and they're going to take every precaution and do everything they possibly can to keep the public safe while they are literally going door to door, business to business," Turchie said.

Turchie directed the task force that caught both Rudolph and the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. He says 56 task force offices across the country, led by the FBI, have been working around the clock to provide support, intelligence and expertise to those on the front lines of the investigation.

Here in Indianapolis, that group is the Fusion Center.

Indiana Congressman Andre Carson was assigned to the unit prior to his appointment and subsequent election to serve in the House of Representatives in Washington.

"Numerous law enforcement agencies can bring different levels of expertise all in one place, from the FBI to State Excise Police, Excise Police, State Police, the U.S. Marshals and so on and so forth, where we can exchange information and help solve crimes more rapidly," explained Carson as he recalled his previous work.

Turchie says unlike Rudolph and Kacyznski, the Boston suspects under-estimated law enforcement.

"What's interesting is, it appears that these two people got caught a little prematurely as far as their plans to escape have not been clarified," he said.

From Boston to Indianapolis and beyond, the big question now is why?

But unlike the speed of identifying the suspects, the motivation behind their alleged actions could be some time in coming.

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