Climate change compounds global security threat, British admiral says
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September 28th, 2011
07:22 PM ET

Climate change compounds global security threat, British admiral says

By CNN's Richard T. Griffiths

Stresses from global climate change are increasing the threat of wars around the world, a British admiral said Wednesday.

Royal Navy Rear Adm. Neil Morisetti told students and faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology that global climate change threats to food, water, land and energy will present substantive security challenges in regions of the world where there are already stresses.

"Those climate stress multipliers are increasing the threat of armed conflict around the world," Morisetti said.

Morisetti pointed out that existing stress points form a band around the globe, running from Central and South America, across Africa, the Middle East and south Asia. That band, he said, intersects with the regions of the globe most susceptible to climate change.

With climate change, Morisetti said, "we're going to add more to that cocktail."

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September 28th, 2011
05:47 PM ET

U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia says Westerners may be targeted

By CNN State Department Correspondent Jill Dougherty

The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that it has received information that a terrorist group may be planning to abduct Westerners in Riyadh.

The embassy passed along the notice in an emergency message for U.S. citizens.

"The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh reminds all U.S. citizens to exercise prudence and enhanced security awareness at all times," it said.

"We deemed the information to be credible, or would not have issued the emergency message," Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

He would not comment on specific intelligence, but said there was no reason for U.S. citizens to leave Saudi Arabia as a result of the message.

September 28th, 2011
05:29 PM ET

FBI watch list draws scrutiny

By CNN Senior Producer Carol Cratty

Newly released FBI documents say a person's name could be on the U.S. government's terror watch list even if terror charges have been dismissed or if the person has been acquitted in a trial.

A December 2010 FBI memo distributed to the bureau's field offices leaves the door open for a person to remain on the list following acquittal or dismissal of charges, although it says such a person "must still meet the reasonable suspicion standard in order to remain on, or be subsequently nominated to, the terrorist watch list."
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Guantanamo prepares for next military trial of terrorism suspect
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September 28th, 2011
02:46 PM ET

Guantanamo prepares for next military trial of terrorism suspect

By CNN Sr. National Security Producer Charley Keyes

The Pentagon formally moved closer Wednesday to its next military trial on the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the suspected ringleader of the deadly bombing of the USS Cole.

The Saudi-born former millionaire Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri is charged with the 2000 bombing in the Yemeni port of Aden that killed 17 sailors, injured dozens and crippled the U.S. warship.

The formal "referral of charges" by the Defense Department Military Commissions unit sets in motion a chain of events that will lead to the appointment of a military officer as the trial judge in the case and a formal meeting of the judge, prosecutors and defense lawyers in coming weeks. The arraignment will take place within 30 days.

A formal statement from the Defense Department said the charges against al-Nashiri allege that he was in charge of the planning and preparation for the attack, which took place on October 12, 2000.

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