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Former U.S. intel officer says there's a lot to be learned from situation in Massachusetts

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The first explosion, of two, that killed 3 and wounded numerous others at the finish of Monday's Boston Marathon. The first explosion, of two, that killed 3 and wounded numerous others at the finish of Monday's Boston Marathon.

Much of America sat glued to the television Friday, watching the latest developments in Massachusetts unfold.

For some it brought a sense of fear and uncertainty, but for many, it brings a flood of memories.

"Ironically, I was the coordinator for the Marine Corps Marathon back in the mid-90's," said Lt. Col. Ken Glasson, "so when I was watching what was going on in Boston, it affected me as being someone that sat in that seat."

Glasson served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

During his 31 years of service, he developed many contacts, some of which have told him many National Guard units have been mobilized on a state level to help in the search for the Boston fugitive.

"I know that the National Guard, the numbers are different from state to state, but for Massachusetts and the surrounding states, I've been told that they've been activated, at least a portion of them," said Glasson. "And then again, that's at the state level."

Back here in South Carolina, specifically in Charleston, Glasson says we should be aware of the international traffic coming into the port city.

"Those things that you take for granted as a safe haven, I think just stepping up a little bit and being aware of that. That makes you more aware of the larger picture," he said Friday.

He recommends being aware of your surroundings and says this is a perfect example of a bag left unattended.

"If you do see a bag unattended or you see something that may just look suspicious, it's not a crime to report it to authorities," he continued. "And if it turns out to be nothing, well that's great."

Glasson says if we should learn anything, it's to be vigilant.

He also says it's important to note that he is not speaking on behalf of the government, but from his own past experience.

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