Analysis

'International Hand' Possible in Boston Bombings, Says Hoekstra
Boston residents hold an American flag during a candlelight vigil for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 21, 2013. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
April 22, 2013
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa, The Americas
Summary
In an exclusive LIGNET interview, Peter Hoekstra, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says the Boston Marathon bombers probably represent homegrown terrorism, a threat he says has been growing in the West since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Hoekstra discusses whether there was an international hand behind the attack – including a link to al-Qaeda.
During his time in Congress, Pete Hoekstra became known as one of Capitol Hill’s leading experts on radical Islam and homegrown terrorism. He represented Michigan’s second congressional district from 1993 to 2011. From 2004-2007, Hoekstra served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and was the ranking Republican member from 2007-2011. He is now a senior advisor with the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro. Congressman Hoekstra is also a member of LIGNET' advisory board. 
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