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Warner, Kaine announce $18 million in anti-terrorism funding for Virginia

Virginia will receive federal preparedness $18 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help combat terrorism and respond to other disasters and emergencies.

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Robert Hurt: Taking decisive action to protect, defend our homeland

In the early morning hours on Sunday, June 12th, we were struck with the worst domestic terrorist attack since September 11, 2001.

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Amd terrorism fears, new hope for radiation antidote

UVA researchers have identified drugs that could lead to the first antidote for radiation exposure that might result from a dirty bomb terror attack.

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Let the people fight their own wars

As the War on Terror wages on, Americans are left wondering how we are to fight this very real monster that the U.S. government helped to create.

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Robert Hurt: We need a plan of action

On March 22, 2016, as hundreds of innocent travelers in Brussels, Belgium began their day, they unknowingly became victims of another unspeakable attack by ISIS.


What do terrorists want?

After the terrorist violence in Brussels many said we should not change our way of life because that is what terrorists want.


Whatever’s going on in Oregon, it’s not terrorism

A key to understanding the political world lies in realizing that the words terrorism and terrorist are inherently political terms.

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Terrorism as a twofer

Sam Smith on terrorism: “That which uses guns and bombs and that which uses words to terrify the public into going along with whatever those in power want.”

The controversial lesson at Riverheads High School: A primer

The Internet is blowing up over a generated controversy regarding a lesson on the Arabic language from a World Religions textbook at Riverheads High School.


Don’t say ‘radical’ if you mean ‘violent’

It’s about time someone challenged the phrase radical Islamic terrorism. The most objectionable part is the word radical.

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Asymmetrical war against the Muslim world

The demagogic exaggeration of the “terrorist threat,” which was the centerpiece of the last Republican debates, is easily deflated with just a moment’s thought.


A conspiracy of fear-mongers

Over the weekend CNN breathlessly reported as “Breaking News” a new poll indicating that people are increasingly frightened about terrorism.

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Robert Hurt: We must defeat the Islamic State, keep the homeland safe

Last Wednesday, our nation was struck by a horrific terrorist attack – the deadliest terror attack in our nation since 9/11.

EMU president Loren Swartzendruber calls for action, engagement in response to extremism

Our campus community at EMU continues to prayerfully discern what the peace position means to us in a world beset by violence.

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Tim Kaine statement on President Obama address on terror, ISIL

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on the President’s address to the nation this evening.


Fight terrorism through non-intervention, not war

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Kenya, CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta asked Barack Obama, “Why can’t we take out these bastards?”

America, the Glutiful

It’s not about what we’re telling the world when we react to terrorism by pushing yet again to close our borders to people fleeing a civil war.


The unhealthy alliance of medicine and state

The CIA’s torture program is back in the headlines this week, as three former detainees have filed suit against the two psychologists who created and administered the CIA’s Bush-era torture program. According to the ACLU (who are pushing for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint a special prosecutor in the matter), Drs. James Mitchell and John Jessen “helped convince the agency to adopt torture as official policy,” and got filthy rich in the process.

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Randy Forbes: Will administration risk American lives against terrorists exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl?

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement on the desertion charges filed against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Bob Goodlatte: ISIS in America

With increasing regularity, Americans are bearing witness to the depravity of terrorists claiming the mantle of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, but also sometimes referred to as ISIL.


Memo to CNN: Put the blame on torture where it lies

Wolf Blitzer and his colleagues at CNN have been risking shoulder separations patting Blitzer on the back for his tough questioning on Tuesday of Sen. Dianne Feinstein regarding the release of a Senate report on the CIA’s use of torture on terrorism suspects in the ‘00s.


Sound Off: Senate releases CIA torture report

The Senate today released a report into CIA torture of terrorism suspects in the Bush era, and the details are explosive.

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Robert Hurt statement on Financial Services hearing on terrorist financing

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after attending a hearing held by the Financial Service Committee entitled, “Terrorist Financing and the Islamic State.”

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Press Conference: President Obama and China President Xi Jinping

Remarks by President Obama and President Xi Jinping in a Joint Press Conference in Beijing, China, on Nov. 12, 2014.

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A Republican wave? A big Dem poll skew? What the hell happened?

Conventional wisdom had Republicans big favorites to win a Senate majority, build on its strong House majority and pick up several governorships.

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Veterans and Military Families for Progress endorse Sen. Mark Warner

Veterans and Military Families for Progress endorses Senator Mark Warner in the upcoming Virginia United States Senate election.

Poll shows strong support for releasing Senate torture report

An overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans thinks that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence should make public its comprehensive report on the CIA’s detention and torture of terrorism suspects after 9/11.

Bob Goodlatte: Confronting the ISIL threat

The rapid expansion of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) not only poses a serious threat to a region that is no stranger to turmoil, but also to every nation, including the United States, that rejects their brutality and extreme ideology.


Are you ready for severe weather and emergencies?

The Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro and Augusta County in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College will be offering Community Emergency Response Training (CERT).

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Remarks of President Obama on military action with ISIL

My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

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U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine statement on murder of Steven Sotloff

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement today.


What the CIA is Trying to Hide

Beginning in the 1990s, and accelerating after September 11, the CIA flew terrorism suspects to secret police custody in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya.

Analysis: What does U.S. have to gain, lose in Gaza?

The first rule of wars on terror: you can’t win a war on terror. Though as we’re seeing yet again in Gaza, it’s not that the aim of a war on terror is to win the war on terror.

Bob Goodlatte: Russia’s interference in Ukraine must stop

There are several hotspots of conflict across the globe – turn on the news and it’s hard to miss the stories. Eastern Ukraine is one of these.

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Statement by the president on the apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khatallah

I recently authorized an operation in Libya to detain an individual charged for his role in these attacks, Ahmed Abu Khatallah. The fact that he is now in U.S. custody is a testament to the painstaking efforts of our military, law enforcement, and intelligence personnel.


Virginia receives increased homeland security grant funds

Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia has received $7.4 million in Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funds for fiscal year 2014 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a 15 percent increase from the previous fiscal year.


Are you ready for severe weather and emergencies?

Anyone who lives or works in Staunton, Waynesboro or Augusta County can learn valuable basic skills in disaster preparedness, fire safety, first aid, terrorism awareness, disaster psychology, and search & rescue at an upcoming Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course being offered in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College.

Chris Graham: Newt Gingrich is right on global warming

Newt Gingrich thinks John Kerry should resign after telling a conference in Indonesia on Sunday that global warming is “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

Majeed Mohades: It’s time for America to take action

With the advent of cutting edge technology, electronic commerce has undergone drastic changes in the past several years. A slew of popular and user-friendly payment systems are making consumers less dependent on cash.


The Myth of US-Iran Mistrust

Over the last few weeks the issue of trust in US-Iran relations has come up as the core obstacle that causes start-stop-start again course between the two states.

Sanford D. Horn: Whitewashing 9/11

Barack Obama has finally done it. He has issued government edict on how we the people should behave, react, comment and yes, even think, about 9-11, its perpetrators, and the reality of the facts. 1984 and government-speak have become reality. George Orwell would be proud and disturbed all at once. This administration, coupled with the […]

Webb: Reverse decision on Gitmo trials

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. joined five other senators Tuesday calling for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to reverse his decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in civilian court rather than military commissions. The six lawmakers, including Sens. Joe […]

Security first

   Column by Randy Forbes www.forbes.house.gov Christmas Day for many Americans was peaceful. The national holiday brought families together as it regularly does, sharing laughter and gifts inside the comfort of their warm homes. But while Americans were enjoying holiday meals and opening gifts under the Christmas tree, a 23-year-old Nigerian man was boarding a […]

Wolf: Let’s re-evaluate terrorism efforts

   Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net 10th District Congressman Frank Wolf, author of the 1998 legislation creating the National Terrorism Commission, today called on President Obama to bring back the co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission to evaluate which of the panel’s recommendations have been implemented and which ones have not. Wolf also called for the […]

Wolf to Obama: ‘Please stop these releases’

Congressman also calls for public release of info on detainees Staff Report Rep. Wolf online: www.wolf.house.gov 10th District Congressman Frank Wolf is again calling on the Obama administration to halt the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees to countries like Yemen in the wake of an attempt by a man with ties to extremist groups in […]

Webb on Afghanistan: ‘How do we define our enemy?’

  Statement from U.S. Sen. Jim Webb www.webb.senate.gov I have great regard for the careful process employed by this administration in an effort both to define a new approach for the long-standing military commitment in Afghanistan and to put an operational framework in place for our responsible withdrawal. At the same time, I intend to […]

The Rant | Getting it right on Afghanistan

  Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The critics on U.S. policy on Afghanistan are out in droves. What the peaceniks and jingoists seem to be missing is a sense of the stakes at play here, AFP editor Chris Graham says in today’s edition of The Rant. Key message: You don’t play politics with international […]

Bipartisan reaction in Virginia to trials of terror suspects

Story by Chris Graham The announcement from the Obama administration today that it plans to bring 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammad and four other terrorists to trial in civilian court in New York drew criticism from Democratic Sen. Jim Webb and 10th District Republican Congressman Frank Wolf.

Haresh Daswani | The business of terrorism

For those who have not gone through the dossier that was presented about the Mumbai attacks, the observations on how organized and well-funded these organizations are well-established. There are many major groups who are funding around $4 billion in terrorist acts for camps in Pakistan. Imagine if this amount was used for good; the country would […]

Sam Rasoul | Terrorism and consumerism: Different pains converge

The attacks in Mumbai brought to the front page more senseless bloodshed by brainwashed radicals wanting to gain recognition through terror. Virginia lost two of her own, including a 13 year-old girl from Nelson County, in the attacks over the holiday weekend by anti-Indian, Pakistani gunmen.