The father of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect of recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, told reporters that in 2014 he was worried about his son and took his concerns to the FBI. They investigated, the father said, and told him his son was fine. No one ever linked the young man to a mental health professional trained in threat assessment who could better determine whether he was on a dangerous path.
If you want to see an example of a small lobbying group intimidating Democrats and Republicans prior to an election, just look at the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act that sailed through Congress, and then again after the bill was vetoed by President Barack Obama.
I'm not naive. Crafting stories to serve political purposes is as old as politics itself. But the problem seems to be getting worse. Perhaps it's because our country is so polarized and our media environment so balkanized and instantaneous. Politicians and journalists alike feel compelled to make facts serve some larger tale in every utterance.
Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. A decade and a half later, we still feel the pain of our Harford County citizens and thousands around the world who have lost loved ones, friends and colleagues.
Donald Trump's accusation that President Obama and Hillary Clinton are "founders of ISIS" is not only a good example of his reckless fear-mongering but also his complete lack of understanding about true threats to national security.
Several events are planned in Laurel on Sept. 11 to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorists attacks 15 years ago. The city will also unveil its new 9/11 monument outside the Laurel Municipal Center.
In the aftermath of the terrible events in Nice, when our attention is focused on mourning the victims and comforting the families who lives have been cruelly torn asunder, we must resolve to come together in common purpose and compassion, not turn on each other. To do otherwise would be to hand our enemies a victory they could never achieve on their own.
Fact: ISIS kills mostly Muslims. Terrorists overall kill mostly Muslims. Yet fatalities due to terrorism in Muslim countries hardly draw any attention from the media, while isolated attacks in the Western world lead to great outpourings of sorrow. One can't help but wonder if the only factor for the seeming apathy toward Turkey's and Iraq's victims is Islam.
Federal prosecutors defended Wednesday their use of information gathered by the NSA to pursue a domestic terrorism suspect, in a first-of-its-kind case that requires U.S. appeals judges to weigh how the fruits of a pair of surveillance programs can be used in criminal cases.
I've been saying for some time that Barack Hussein Obama is the worst president of my lifetime. And it has taken some doing to take that title from Jimmy Carter, that's for sure. His reaction to the recent terrorist attack in Orlando has underscored that notion in my mind. The Incompetent-in-Chief's address to the nation on Sunday following the shooting is a case in point.
What if the mass shooting that took place at an Orlando night club, killing 49 and wounding 53, had taken place on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives? What if instead of having 49 anonymous partyers lying dead we had 49 members of Congress in the morgue? Would the reaction from officials in Washington have been any different? Would we still have a Florida congressman stating that it was too early after the massacre to make any judgments? I really doubt it.
The debate about gun-control, banning certain ethnic groups, building walls along our borders, targeted killing of terrorists overseas will continue to Election Day in November and beyond. Moreover, focusing on those issues glosses over the real need: a coherent government strategy for dealing with "lone wolf" attacks like those in Orlando, San Bernardino or Sandy Hook.
What's with conservative Republican politicians and their Bible-thumping demagoguery? They give religion a bad name the same way they imply Muslims do — and not just the "radical Islamic terrorists" that no sensible person condones.
Harford County Emergency Services Director Edward Hopkins told the 38 graduates of the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Program at Joppatowne High School something Thursday that they had not heard before – he thanked them for going to school.
All through the year, the bombings continued, with attacks on bookshops, shopping centers, government offices and train stations. On April 10, a huge truck bomb exploded in the center of the city, killing three, critically injuring others, and destroying a historic building. The terrorists acted with seeming impunity, and the city's residents cowered in fear. If you are thinking this must be a tale of Baghdad or Beirut, think again. The year was 1992, the city was London, and the terrorists were
When President Barack Obama steps shoeless into the prayer room at the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday, he'll enter a mosque that began as a tiny Sunday gathering at Johns Hopkins but is now home to one of the region's largest and most influential Muslim communities.
Calling President Obama's planned visit to a Baltimore mosque Wednesday an endorsement of terrorism, a Republican lawmaker from Frederick County proposed legislation that would prohibit religious organizations with "known ties to terrorism" from claiming tax breaks.
Maalik Jones had wanted to move to an Islamic country for a while. But his wife, who moved to America to marry him and was excited to be here, refused to go. So, when Jones finally went in the summer 2011 it was by himself.
The fear of things unknown, like monsters under the bed, is not unique to childhood, but a phenomenon that persists into adulthood. Although at age five we may have been afraid of unidentifiable monsters in the dark, these same anxieties can grow to manifest in different and often more pernicious forms, transforming into hatred and discrimination with the potential to evoke widespread injurious consequences.