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Winning the War on Terrorism

Winning the war on terror is more important than ever. It is a war being fought around the globe and right here at home. Our nation and our liberties have come under attack once again in places like California and Orlando where citizen’s lives were lost as a result of terrorist activities. It is imperative moving forward that we stay alert and realize that each one of us plays an important role in preventing and fighting the biggest threat to our security, our freedoms and our way of life.

It is more evident than ever before that radical Islam is a problem that must be recognized, addressed and combated. With that said, it is important to remember that not all Muslims are terrorists, but the sad reality is that all the terrorists conducting these attacks have been followers of Islam. Those who choose to perform terroristic attacks do not represent an entire religion. They are fanatics who must be defeated.

Some say that winning the war on terror is impossible. Tell that to the soldiers that raised the flag at Iowa Jima, stormed Normandy, liberated concentration camps and destroyed the Nazi army. Like these brave men and women, we can and will win. Americans never falter and run away in fear when their freedoms are threatened. We will defeat this enemy if we all come together and become part of the solution. It takes citizens, soldiers, police officers, firefighters and more to band together and win. Our nation must take a proactive approach when analyzing potential threats to our homeland security so that attacks can be prevented before they are implemented.

In Georgia, citizen safety is a top priority for my colleagues and me. We are working hard to ensure that as a state, we are winning the war on terror. This past year, we added more Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agents and new intelligence positions. We passed Senate Bill 416 establishing the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC). This center enables various agencies of state and local governments to combine resources, expertise, intelligence and other information to better detect activities that may pose a threat to our homeland security.

GISAC shares any findings with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA), formerly known as the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. GEMHSA severs as the homeland security agency for Georgia. They are the liaison between the state and the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the United States Department of Homeland Security. Members of GEMHSA work tirelessly to gather intelligence and do whatever is necessary to prevent terrorism in Georgia.

As we strengthen efforts in Georgia and around the nation, we must all remain aware and prepared. Our nation’s freedom is a privilege we cannot let slip away. Together we can prevent future attacks and defeat the enemy so that we will always remain home of the free because of the brave. May God Bless our First Responders and Military.