Expert: Minn. is Better Prepared to Defend Against Terror Attack

Updated: 09/12/2013 6:28 AM By: Todd Wilson

When 9/11 hit America, counterterrorism expert Michael Rozin says terrorism on home soil wasn't on the minds of many people.

"We didn't really think about it and I think that was one of the factors that was exploited by the perpetrators of 9/11," Rozin said.

He says when dealing with terrorism there are two important factors which include security measures and the motivation of individuals or groups involved. "When you don't have a good situation awareness it's hard to commit tangible resources to do something logical about it."

Deputy Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Joe Kelly says the state is better prepared for any kind of emergency.

"Whether they are a natural disaster, a technological disaster or God forbid a terrorist attack, we can deal with the consequences of it and get our community back on its feet," said Kelly.

Twelve years down the line Rozin, who runs a security firm in Minneapolis, says the country has done well on the tech side of security at airports and added surveillance cameras. However, he says we continue to lag behind in identifying who exactly are our enemies.