As authorities continue to search for the bomber -- or bombers -- behind the explosions that detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, killing three and injuring more than 140, some critically, Rep. Peter King said the horrific incident made one thing painfully clear.
"If one thing positive can come out of this horrible event," King (R-Seaford) said on CNN Tuesday, "it should be to alert people that the war against terrorism isn't over."
The former chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said the bombing is proof of why the United States needs to remain vigilant in the war on terror, saying: "We can't be cutting back on homeland security funding, funding to local police departments . . . They need funding, they need the training. They need the support."
King, who remains a member of the committee, was asked whether he believed the bombing was foreign or domestic terrorism and said recent terror attacks were "all domestic people, but they had foreign affiliations." The incident is the most-notable domestic bombing -- or, bombing attempt -- since the attempted Times Square bombing on May 1, 2010.
In that incident, Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad parked an explosives-laden sport utility vehicle in Times Square, but alert street vendors spotted smoke spewing from the SUV -- and responding police managed to disable the bomb.
Shahzad has been sentenced to life in prison.
Terrorism awareness campaigns, as well as increased vigilance and integrated emergency response procedures to terror incidents, has also been key to dealing with terrorism since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
"The difference between this and 9/11," King said of the Boston Marathon bombing Monday, "is people know what to do . . . There's total synchronization between all the agencies and departments involved."