In wake of Boston attack, King cautions against cuts to local law enforcement
April 15th, 2013
08:59 PM ET
5 years ago

In wake of Boston attack, King cautions against cuts to local law enforcement

(CNN) - A top House Republican influential on homeland security matters said cutting federal spending for local law enforcement can have serious consequences for fighting terrorism.

"We have to be aggressive and never let our guard down," Rep. Peter King told CNN, hours after bombings at Monday's Boston Marathon killed three people and sent more than 130 people to hospitals.

"When you see so many cuts contemplated to Homeland Security and to local police coming from the federal government, this war against terrorism, this was against us, in many ways is more dangerous than prior to 911," he said.

Federal authorities are classifying the explosions as a terrorist attack, but it's not clear whether the origin was domestic or foreign, a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said.

President Barack Obama said in a statement that those responsible would be brought to justice.

King of New York, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said intelligence officials planned to brief members of the panel as well as the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday.

King even called out a member of the Senate – Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma – for comments he made recently to New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly about relying on federal help to pay for police overtime in certain circumstances.

"You pay a price for this. You pay a price and it is a deadly price," King said about being lax on homeland security. "We have senators talking about, for instance, cutting aid to Homeland security, funding local police."

"I think Senator Coburn said it was time for Ray Kelly to grow up in New York and police shouldn't be compensated for overtime when they are working on counterterrorism. This is just the small mindedness we can't tolerate. We cannot go back to September 10, 2011."

Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the full Homeland Security Committee, also issued a statement on the bombings.

"In my judgment, this has all the hallmarks of an act of terrorism, but we do not know for sure who did it," the Texas Republican said. "I am in touch with local authorities in Boston as well as federal authorities who have launched an investigation into this malicious attack and I am certain that whoever is responsible will be held accountable."

Filed under: Budget • Peter King
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. PJ

    Rep King is right. Time to understand that we all have to pay for the right to be safe and free. This tragedy only
    adds to that fact.
    So, while they search for the perpetrator(s), I hope we can all stand together, in prayer, and think of our
    fellow citizens, once again. Like those who ran to help anyone they could find, putting themselves in possible
    danger, we can at least support those who do this every day, and thank those who are just good people.

    April 15, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. CMI

    I disagree with this wild tax and spender. There should never be any federal funding for local law enforcement. If it is funded by Washington it is owned by Washington. I don't want any more National Police. I don't care how many bombs go off.

    April 15, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. James Russell

    What a fore flusher. Oppose anything Obama, obstruct, create any crisis, and then whine and complain. The Republican's created this budget and funding mess, quit complaining fix it.

    April 15, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Thomas

    "When you see so many cuts contemplated to Homeland Security and to local police coming from the federal government, this war against terrorism, this was against us, in many ways is more dangerous than prior to 911," he said.

    Rep. Peter King loves using fear .
    more dangerous than prior to 911 ?

    April 15, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. ak_steve

    OMG, a Republican who isn't against cutting everything? How unpatriotic. I think some right-wing superpac should raise money and have someone who believes in the American way run against him and take his seat. This way we can continue to cut all the spending we can and insure that the US becomes a third world country.

    April 15, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain: Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. - SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia, District of Columbia v. Heller

    Hey, wait, King, why should people in the "heartland" pay for police in the Blue Northeast, the land of Liberal elites and all those over-educated yahoos? We can't afford it, and giving them any money to help them enhance security or deal with the bombing today will only encourage their leeching and dependency.

    They should just all free-market themselves to safety and recovery. You know, do a Rand Paul or a Mitt Romney or a GOP ...

    April 15, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. Wallaceboy

    So I hate this guy Barry! Not good. He comes on air and off course it sound like a Barry commercial. No heart! Barry, how is the Arib spring going. I think we are at war an need a real leader - what do you think

    April 15, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  8. plain&simple

    You can't have it both ways.....cuts and more policemen. Politics will take a back seat to the realities of life. America needs responsible,steady,reliable politicians who put country and people in front of party. The hate spewed on these pages has got to stop. It does nothing to better our lives.

    April 15, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Did Republicans think the sequester would only hurt the old, the poor and minorities? Speaker Boehner said "I got about 98% of what I wanted... so I'm pretty happy". You can't pretend to hate the Federal Government then whine when the services go away.

    April 15, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  10. Binga Linga

    DHS is an unwieldy organization.

    April 15, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  11. mark herdani

    As a Republican Peter King disgusts me and his type is the scourge of politics. a few hours after a tragic attack he's off scoring political points in the media. We don't even know what the bombers want yet, how does he know what prevents this kind of attack.That it is acceptable to press peoples buttons for partisan agendas at times like this is a disgrace to the core of american politics.

    April 16, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  12. Name willard

    Obama have problems for national sceurity leak at white house
    1 fort. Hood
    2 benzihina libya killed 4 amercian
    3 terroist at boston marthroon

    April 16, 2013 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  13. scott

    The sad truth is that regardless of how much we try to prevent these types of terrorist attacks we will never be able to prevent someone who is intent on killing people. We have to accept a certain amount of risk in our lives and do our best to deal with insane people or groups that hate so much they will do anything to get to us. With our freedoms come risk. Remember we are in the land of the free, regardless of what they do we will hunt them down and bring them to justice.

    April 16, 2013 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  14. scott

    A political note. Why the administration avoid the label " Terrorist Attack"? What else would you call it. They have a very bad track record with regards to avoiding reality, specifically about acts of terror. Our great country and the Many Freedoms we enjoy make us a huge target. We will constantly be a target for terrorists, from 9-11 until the end of time.

    April 16, 2013 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  15. 82nd ABN VET

    They really need to get rid of the Sequester. The FBI, ATF, DEA and others need the full compliment of investigators and analysts. It puzzles me, that at a time in our history where threats to the homeland, no matter how credible or un-credible they are, we would cut those that would protect us.

    Granted, maybe whoever did this, or the group responsible, kept good OPSEC (operational security), and didnt let anything leak out for our intelligence analysts and investigators to find. But, maybe they could have found something showing a possible attack if everyone was able to work and the agencies were able to hire people to fill empty billets.

    April 16, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  16. king

    'WHAT" a repub talking about having big government, he will be right winged in the primary for sure, all these repubs ever talked about is cut cut cut. it ironic these are the same guys that went to war fighting against an ideology, yet when we are exhausted and in debt, they wants to cut cut cut. now reality has struck that you cannot defeat an idea or a belief, because the more people we kill is the more the belief get stronger. now what we're going to do. we are in debt and we cannot afford to put our guards down.

    April 16, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |