Up Close: Boston Marathon

Bill Ritter talks with Rep. Peter King, former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee
April 20, 2014 9:41:17 AM PDT
The 118th running of the Boston Marathon this week is like no other, ever, with more runners than ever before, more determined than ever before, because they are running with the emotional weight of what happened last year.

Terrorism and security are very much part of the story, and on the minds of so many of the runners.

We'd like to think we've come a long way in our counter-terrorism efforts since 9/11, but no one predicted two Muslim brothers, living as students in America, could plot and carry out such a horrific attack.

Joining us to discuss security is New York Congressman Peter King, former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Eyewitness News meteorologist Lee Goldberg was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon a year ago to cheer on his brother Scott, who was running his first marathon. But the sounds of explosions rocked what should have been a celebratory day for so many.

Lee joins us one year later, along with Jason Holder, producer of Eyewitness News at 11. He ran the marathon last year, crossing the finish line hours before the blast, and then spent the next 30 days producing our coverage of the bombings. Jason is returning to Boston to run this year's marathon.

Last week, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton confirmed the NYPD has dismantled its controversial unit that spied on the city's Muslim community.

The demographics unit, later called the zone assessment unit, watched and gathered files on everyday life of Muslims in New York City. But it never produced a usable lead in rooting out terror threats.

Joining us is Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post reporter Adam Goldman, who wrote a book about the unit, "Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit."

Also, Faiza Patel, co-director of the liberty and national security program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU. She's also legal counsel to the Muslim-American Civil Liberties Coalition.

Watch Up Close with Diana Williams every Sunday morning at 11:00 on Channel 7.