Doing our duty as free press

October 16, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As is often the case, one country’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter; and likewise, one person’s anonymous source is a patriot and someone else’s traitor.

Like much in politics, traitor versus patriot largely depends on who’s blowing the whistle and who’s caught up in the malaise. The press who reported weekly on the so-called scandal against Gov. Don Siegelman’s administration were heroes, and their confidential informants were simply whistleblowers doing their duty, according to state Republicans. But when APR spent four years chronicling the wrongdoings of then Speaker Mike Hubbard, we were liars and worse, and our sources, well, they were false and dishonest. Of course, during the Siegelman era, the same was said by the Democrats.

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Sessions Says the Obama Administration is Ignoring Common Sense Concerns of American People on Refugee Program

September 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 13, 2016, US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) repeated his concerns that terrorists will infiltrate the refugee population to launch attacks on the US.

Senator Sessions warned in a statement, “Despite opposition by the American people, a documented link between terrorism and individuals admitted to the United States as refugees, and over $19 trillion in debt, the Obama Administration has committed the United States to admitting 110,000 refugees during Fiscal Year 2017—a roughly 57 percent increase in the number of refugees the United States admitted as recently as FY 2015, and a roughly 29 percent increase from the Administration’s target for FY 2016.”
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Senator Shelby Stands Up for Our Nation and Alabama Jobs

February 1, 2016

By Sen. Arthur Orr

With the growing threat of ISIS and other terrorist groups around the world who want to do us harm, it is important now more than ever that our leaders prioritize keeping us safe.  Alabama plays a key role in that goal by being the home to where our nation’s most secure, reliable, and advanced rockets are built.  In Decatur, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) builds the Atlas V and Delta IV rockets which launch our nation’s military, NASA, and commercial satellites into space. The ULA plant employs or directly contracts with close to 1,000 Alabamians across north Alabama.
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Officials Respond to Slayings of Unarmed Soldiers in Chattanooga

July 20, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 16, four US Marines and a Sailor are dead in two attacks: one, in a military recruitment office, the other at a Naval training center seven miles apart in Chattanooga Tennessee.  Another two people were reportedly injured in the two attacks.

Early reports are that the shooter, Muhammed Youssef Abdulazeez, 24 was born in Kuwait, and has an engineering degree from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.  Abdulazeez worked briefly as an intern for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  Dr. Azhar Sheikh, a founding member of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, told the New York Times that Abdulazeez had begun attending regular Friday prayers over the past two to three months.

Abdulazeez managed to get off over 40 rounds before finally being killed by police officers.  The soldiers, who are not allowed to be armed on base due to a questionable 1992 rule, could only attempt to find cover under office furniture during the attack.  The incident is being investigated as a possible terrorist attack.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement that she has instructed the FBI to take the lead agency position in the investigation.  Fox News is reporting that over 100 FBI agents are on the ground investigating this attack. 

Some news sources are reporting that it appears that ISIS, who have been calling for attacks on US military personnel, where they live, may have taken responsibility for the attack ten minutes before that attack, though they didn’t mention Chattanooga or Abdulazeez by name.

Government officials are telling reporters that they were not tracking Abdulazeez, and there is no evidence, at this time, that he was working for ISIS, or any other known terrorist group.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) said, “Lives have been lost from some faithful people who have been serving our country, and I think I join all Tennesseans in being both sickened and saddened by this senseless act.” 

President Obama said, “It is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals who served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion.” 

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said, “The devastating news out of Chattanooga should hit at the heart of every American. Our nation’s Marines put their life on the line everyday while serving our Nation oversees, and they shouldn’t also be under attack here at home. Please join me in saying a prayer for all those involved and ask for healing for the community of Chattanooga and our nation’s military.”

Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said, “The facility where Muslim Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed the four US Marines was marked by signs as a gun-free zone. This just proves that criminals and terrorists pay no attention to these useless signs. Praying for the families and friends. Praying for our Nation.”

State Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) said, “Praying for Chattanooga. Things like this used to only happen in other parts of the world. It was noted in the article that the Islamic State group had been encouraging extremists to carry out attacks in the US, but it’s too early to know if this shooter was affiliated. Please pray for the horrific situation and all the families involved.” 

Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner (R-Ohio) released a statement following the attack on the US Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee:  “Today’s cowardly attack is a reminder that our men and women in uniform are under constant threat, no matter where they serve.  I’m deeply saddened by this loss of life, and on behalf of the whole House, offer condolences to the families who lost loved ones today.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them, the people of Tennessee, and all of our troops.”

 

Associated Press writers Eric Tucker, Ted Bridis and Lolita C. Baldor in Washington; Travis Loller and Kristin M. Hall in Nashville; and Rebecca Reynolds Yonker and Claire Galofaro in Louisville, Kentucky as well as ABC 33/40, Fox News, the New York Times and the Blaze contributed to this report.

FBI Investigating Suspicious Package Found at Shelby’s Office

April 18, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Ricin has been identified in letters sent to both President Barack H. Obama and Senator Roger Wicker (R) from Mississippi.  Now NBC is reporting that the FBI is investigating a package sent to Alabama Senator Richard Shelby’s office.  Later news reports say that a “suspicious letter” was removed from Senator Shelby’s office.

NBC is reporting that Shelby’s office was not evacuated.  Other news sources say that it was evacuated.
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Sessions Protests Release of Hezbollah Terrorist

November 19, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

US Senator Jeff Sessions (R) issued a written statement following the news that the government of Iraq had released Ali Mussa Daqduq.  Ali Mussa Daqduq is accused of being a Hezbollah agent responsible for attacks on Americans, notably the slayings of five American soldiers including Private Johnathon Millican from Locust Fork, Alabama.

Sen. Sessions said, “The release of the terrorist Ali Mussa Daqduq, after he was previously held in U.S. custody, stems from a feckless prisoner policy that I have warned about for years. Daqduq murdered five American military heroes, including Private Johnathan Millican of Locust Fork, Alabama, who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his gallantry in this attack. But, because President Obama made an irresponsible campaign pledge to close the military detention facility at Guantánamo Bay and continues to refuse to bring any new terrorist detainees to the facility, the Administration transferred Daqduq into Iraqi custody—with full knowledge that he was eventually going to be released. I warned of this at the time of the transfer. The obvious course would have been to transfer Daqduq to Guantánamo Bay for detention and trial for his actions, which violated the rules of war.”
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Sessions Demand To Know Why Obama Administration Is Releasing a Terrorist

May 14, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday Jeff Sessions and other Republican Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta demanding answers about how Ali Masa Daqduq is managing to get freedom just a few years after being captured on the battlefield murdering Americans.

Ali Masa Daqduq is a captured Hezbollah terrorist who orchestrated attacks against American Armed Forces.  The Obama administration turned him over to the Iraqis and now the Iraqis are planning to release Daqduq.
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