The federal charges filed this week against a Harford County man accused of pledging allegiance to the self-declared Islamic State come as rising fears of terrorism — and growing anti-Muslim rhetoric — have returned to dominate public discussion.
An Edgewood man pledged allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State and received thousands of dollars from overseas that he believed was funding from the terror group to carry out an attack, federal prosecutors said Monday.
With the recent events in San Bernardino, California; Paris and other cities throughout the world I felt compelled, as your elected Sheriff, to remind readers to be vigilant and please, if you see something, say something. Before the San Bernardino massacre at a county social services building, most of us would have felt fairly comfortable that Carroll County would not be a primary target for any known terrorist assault. San Bernardino proved that a terrorist that is radicalized in our country
Sometimes it feels as if our nation is lost hopelessly in the mirror maze of a fun house. Even when easy and logical courses of action lie before us, we illogically take wrong turns and end up where we started. Deja vu meets deja vu on a regular basis here. On Dec. 2, two radicalized Muslims committed a horrific act of terror in San Bernardino, California, claiming the lives of 14 people and wounding 21.
Recent events in Jerusalem have shown that the Israeli government's strategic calculations are incorrect. They apparently believe that the current status quo is sustainable, and that pursuing any serious changes would only make the situation worse. But it's now become clear that the status quo is dangerous and cannot be maintained, and that Israel's political and security situation is slowly getting worse.
Jules Witcover: It's not enough for the president to muse about the society searching itself. While he still has more than a year as the national leader, he needs to stir himself to much firmer actions to bring about a much more nationwide response to this continuing gun violence.
Jonah Goldberg: Personally, I'm opposed to all such forms of guilt by association, but it seems obvious to me that contemporary Christianity is not struggling with a Crusades problem, while Islam is certainly struggling with a jihad problem.
When politicians make a point of proudly supporting the NRA, they stand in opposition to the wishes of the majority of the nation's electorate. More importantly, they stand in the way of taking action to stop the bleeding on the streets and in shopping centers, movies, schools and homes.
It lurks deep in the temporal lobe of the brain's cerebrum. It is almond-shaped and scientists call it the amygdala. It is where the emotions of fear and anger reside. A protective mechanism shared by all, it requires the right cue to spring into action. The terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 and the saturated media coverage that followed were the trigger this time.
Gunshots and Muslims and bombs, oh my! This phrase came to mind when listening to President Obama's reaction to the recent terrorist attacks. He says everything is OK — no problems, it's all good. He elaborates by ridiculing conservatives for being needlessly afraid of "orphans and widows." He says Republicans are a bunch of sissies. Obama seems to be in the dark about "orphans and widows." They maim and kill others regularly, and more are trained every day to do that.
Fadi Antar got to Baltimore last week. He arrived just days after Gov. Larry Hogan requested that the federal government stop sending his people here. Antar and his cousin had fled the chaos in Syria, and they came to Annapolis Monday — backed by civil rights and refugee groups — asking to meet with Hogan to get a chance to explain why the state should accept people from the war-torn region.
The State Department confirmed that 41-year-old Anita Datar of Takoma Park was among at least 20 killed in the terror attack Friday in a hotel in Mali's capital. She was the only American known to have died in the attack..
In this episode, Patrick McDonnell, Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, talks about the investigation into the ISIS connection to the Paris attacks; Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, comments on the U.S. reaction to the Paris attacks and the Syrian refugee crisis; Culture commentator Sheri Parks talks about America's role in accepting -- or not -- refugees fleeing strife in their homelands; Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik sizes up the breaking news coverage of the Paris attacks and the hunt for the suspected terrorists; Paula Gallagher, Baltimore County librarian, reviews, "Becoming Nicole," about a transgender child and her identical twin; Film critic Christopher Llewellyn Reed reviews "Spotlight," "Brooklyn," and "Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part II."
Columbia resident Erik Rochard first got wind of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris while he was at work, and his mind immediately turned to his home country and loved ones there. "It was hard to concentrate because I was hoping none of my good friends or family members would be among the people killed or injured," he recalled.
Parisians vow to go with their lives and not be cowered by Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in one of the city's entertainment centers, according to a former Harford County resident now living in the French capital.
When Julie Della-Maria first learned of the terrorist attacks in Paris the night of Nov. 13, she thought immediately of her brother, who lives near where one of the attacks took place, and then vast distance between him and where she lives in Sykesville. They were able to connect the next day, to her great relief. Her brother was safe, but deeply affected.
If 11/13 will come to be known as the French 9/11, then Europe and the United States need to think very carefully indeed how to respond to these attacks. The first thing we absolutely must recognize is that the perpetrators want the West to react with force; the greater the better
The deadly terror attacks in Paris sparked a heated political debate in the U.S. on Monday as policymakers sparred over President Barack Obama's plan to settle thousands more Syrian refugees in the country.
After ISIS issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attacks, France is expected to move forward with a bold tactic against terrorism in the coming days. While I support France in its fight against ISIS, I hope that the government recognizes the importance of bridging the gap between the Muslim community and the rest of the nation. I firmly believe that it is through the mutual cooperation of both the French Muslims and other citizens that we can put an end to these acts of barbarity
Only a year into their mission, the National Center for Citizen Safety is staying "survivor strong" as its members diligently raise public awareness of safety protocols in citizen responses to domestic terrorism like the 2014 Columbia mall shooting in preparation for their Survivor Strong 5k Run & Walk on Aug. 30 in Columbia.
The sad truth is that there are no perfect solutions to the lone wolf terrorist. Even if we ramp up public campaigns to increase public tolerance; even if law enforcement infiltrates and monitors hate groups of every stripe; and even if we place special emphasis on dissuading disgruntled young men who fit some set of profile from giving into their darker instincts — the fact is that it only takes a few individuals to carry out grandeur-deluded acts of vigilante terrorism.
A family friend who fought Soviet forces in Afghanistan started an Owings Mills High School graduate on a journey that would take him to Pakistan to work with senior leaders of al-Qaida and then to Guantanamo Bay, where he eventually promised to cooperate with the United States against his former comrades.
Vitally important, and deserving of a vigorous public debate given the security threats facing the U.S. today, is the fundamental question of whether the collection of intelligence domestically is consistent with, or inimical to, our constitutional system.
Gov. Larry Hogan's office said an online threat claiming the Islamic State has a terror cell based in Maryland preparing to launch an attack is not credible. Doug Mayer, a spokesman for Hogan, said officials are aware of the reports and that Maryland's director of homeland security has been in touch with federal authorities.