Lieberman: Boston Bombing Suspects: ‘Motivated by Violent Islamic Extremism’

By Penny Starr | May 10, 2013 | 11:31am EDT

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) testified at a House Homeland Security hearing on the Boston Marathon terror attack on May 9, 2013. ( Starr)

(  - Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said that the enemy threat to the United States is not one group of terrorists such as al Qaeda, but the ideology that drives people to “violent Islamic extremism,” including the two brothers who killed three and maimed scores of others by placing bombs near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 15.

“We killed bin Laden,” Lieberman told on Thursday during a recess of the House Homeland Security Committee hearing where he testified on the Boston attack. “The core leadership of al Qaeda is on the run, but this ideology of violent Islamic extremism is spreading. And it’s beginning to infect people here in this country who are carrying out – trying to carry out terrorist attacks.

“You can’t defeat an enemy unless you call it by its name,” Lieberman said. “There are terrorists other than those who are motivated by violent Islamic extremism.

“But we were attacked by violent Islamic extremists on 9/11,” he said. “That began this war, and that’s what motivated the Tsarnaev brothers to attack people at the Boston marathon.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is jailed on multiple charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shoot out with police in the days following the attack. Before he died, Tamerlan also allegedly gunned down Sean Collier, a security guard at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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