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Former Homeland Intelligence Analyst now a Notre Dame College professor

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Dr. John Hatzadony leads the graduate program in Security Policy Studies at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, but before that he worked as an intelligence analyst for the United States Department of Homeland Security. He says Homeland Security has stopped hundreds of attacks in this country but, sadly, not this one.

"It's no joke when you say they only have to be right once and we have to be right every time, so yes, this is something that will definitely be taken personally,"  said Dr Hatzadony.

The graduate program at Notre Dame College is teaching students about security leadership, counter terrorism and strategic intelligence, but today the thoughts of Dr Hatzadony are with his former co-workers at Homeland Security as they desperately try to prevent another attack in the United States.

"The biggest concern is if it's a lone wolf type of attacker, which has been on everybody's radar for ten years, it's the one that is hardest to protect against," he said. 

Dr. Hatzadony explains Homeland Security officials will immediately review what happened and try and prepare for what may come next. 

"This isn't a surprise, we've known something like this could possibly happen, this is an attack on a very soft target," he said.

And that's exactly why Homeland Security, he says, is constantly trying to upgrade their skills and technology. 

"You can lock down anything you want, but it prevents people from accomplishing anything, so it's a balancing act between trying to keep people secure and still allow commerce and events like this to take place," he said.

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