Gov. explains why Boston was chosen for a terrorism program

The pilot program is to detect any American extremists

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Boston is one of three cities the Department of Justice has chosen for a pilot program to combat terrorism in the United States. The Department of Justice is said to have new intelligence suggesting ISIS terrorists are trying to recruit Americans.

Last Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new series of programs to bring together community and public safety leaders as well as U.S. attorneys in different regions to detect any American extremists.

During his visit to Springfield on Wednesday, Governor Deval Patrick explained why he thinks Boston was one of those chosen cities. “I understand that Boston was chosen because of the very positive experience in having various agencies working well together and you saw that on particular display in response to the Marathon bombings.”

Governor Patrick said Boston was not chosen because of any threats of terrorism there. These new programs will be run by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Counterterrorism Center, White House officials and the Department of Justice.

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