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September 14, 2012
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  • U.S. embassies beef up security as protests continue
    Protests in Africa and the Middle East continued Thursday and Friday as Afghanistan saw its first demonstrations and clashes erupted or continued in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Sudan and other nations. Security forces are bracing for a possible increase in violence today after Friday prayers, and U.S. officials have ordered enhanced security measures at all American embassies. In Libya, officials say they've arrested four suspects linked to the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and are investigating whether the attackers were aided by infiltrators inside the consulate. USA TODAY (9/13) , Google/The Associated Press (9/13) , CNN/Security Clearance blog (9/13) , CNN (9/14) , The Wall Street Journal (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report outlines consequences of possible U.S. strike on Iran
    U.S. aerial strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities would set back Iran's nuclear program by about four years but would likely set off a chain of events leading to all-out war, a report warns. The report, drafted by Columbia University and the Iran Project, carries the endorsement of more than two dozen national security experts. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • House passes amended Stolen Valor Act by wide margin
    The House voted 410-3 on Thursday to support a revised version of the Stolen Valor Act. Similar legislation is awaiting action in the Senate. Portions of the original legislation, which makes it illegal for an individual to falsely claim military honors, were struck down by the Supreme Court in June, and legal experts say the amended version could face constitutional challenges as well. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (9/13) , Los Angeles Times(tiered subscription model) (9/13) , Bloomberg (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Navy, Marine Corps prepare for threat of undersea mines
    Inexpensive, easy-to-deploy sea mines are likely to be the prime security threat internationally over the next decade, Navy and Marine Corps officials warn. The mere threat of sea mines may be enough to close down international commerce routes such as the Malacca and Hormuz straits, this article says, adding that the U.S. is one of the few countries with the technological capability to identify the presence of mines. NationalDefenseMagazine.org (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Reservist asks court to lift probation so he can deploy
    Army Reserve Corp. Derrick James McDonald is asking the Oregon Supreme Court to lift the terms of his probation so that he may deploy with his unit as ordered, and avoid a possible dishonorable discharge. A local judge previously ruled that the 22-year-old McDonald, who pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with a minor, had to choose between violating probation or his military orders. The Oregonian (Portland) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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