June 13th, 2012
08:06 PM ET

Cyber hack attack demo

CNN Intelligence Correspondent Suzanne Kelly gets an inside look at the most common form of cyber attack at a demonstration by the Department of Homeland Security.


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Sources: Flight suit could be cause of oxygen loss in F-22 flights
June 13th, 2012
07:45 PM ET

Sources: Flight suit could be cause of oxygen loss in F-22 flights

By Mike Mount

Air Force investigators believe a specialized flight suit could be partially responsible for some pilots experiencing a lack of oxygen while flying the F-22 fighter jet, according to a report by Air Force investigators.

Investigators are focusing on part of the suit, called the "Combat Edge," which hampers breathing and causes oxygen loss when combined with a physiological condition that collapses air sacs in the lungs, according to details of the report that were shared with Security Clearance.

The findings are expected to be part of the first monthly update by Air Force investigators to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to be delivered later this week or early next week, according to sources familiar with the investigation. FULL POST

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June 13th, 2012
05:52 AM ET

Officials: U.S. drone strikes kill suspected militants in Yemen

By Hakim Almasmari

U.S. drone strikes targeted al Qaeda hideouts in southern Yemen on Wednesday, killing at least nine suspected militants, three senior security officials said.

No senior al Qaeda leaders died in the attack in the Shabwa province town of Azzan, the officials said. The strikes' targets included a home suspected of harboring militants, the officials said.

The defense ministry said 30 people died in Azzan airstrikes, but did not clarify whether all the fatalities were caused by the drone strikes or Yemeni forces, who are also conducting airstrikes in the area.

Militants headed to Azzan after they lost control of Abyan province Tuesday, sending the town's residents fleeing over fear of more strikes.

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McCain blasts Democrats' 'hypocrisy' in leaks case
June 13th, 2012
05:03 AM ET

McCain blasts Democrats' 'hypocrisy' in leaks case

By Ted Barrett

Sen. John McCain on Tuesday accused Democrats of "hypocrisy" for opposing the appointment of a special counsel to investigate recent national security leaks, saying they supported such independent investigations in the past when Republicans were in the White House.

McCain's comments came on the same day he pushed for a Senate vote calling for a special counsel but was blocked by Democrats. He spoke to reporters after being told Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-California, preferred the investigation be carried out by two U.S. attorneys appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder.

"I am shocked, shocked. I am shocked to hear Sen. Feinstein now opposes" a special counsel, McCain said in a voice thick with sarcasm.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, defended the Democrats' handling of the leaks and said it was the actions of Republicans like McCain that are "strictly political."

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Libya: The worst may be yet to come (Opinion)
June 13th, 2012
01:00 AM ET

Libya: The worst may be yet to come (Opinion)

By Ranj Alaaldin, Special to CNN

Editor’s note:  Ranj Alaaldin is a senior analyst at the Next Century Foundation and a political and security risk consultant specializing in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Libya has become embroiled in chaos over the past week.  First, militiamen seized the capital’s international airport for several hours in protest against the kidnapping of their leader.  Islamist militants then targeted the U.S. diplomatic office in Benghazi, following it up with a surprisingly sophisticated attack on a British diplomatic convoy.  And in the south, tribal clashes broke out town in the town of al-Kufra, claiming the lives of at least 20 people. Government troops did not intervene, according to reports from the town. FULL POST


Filed under: Libya • Middle East • NTC
June 13th, 2012
12:05 AM ET

Poll: Obama policies weaken support for America

By Jill Dougherty

On the streets of Cairo, some Egyptians tell CNN they had high hopes when Barack Obama became U.S. president. Now there's bitter disappointment.

"We hoped for change after George Bush," one man says, "but, sorry, it's the same politics. It's not Obama's system per se, it's the system of the country."

That Egyptian's view mirrors the results of a new poll by the Pew Research Center. The Global Attitudes Project questioned more than 26,000 people in 21 countries.

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Investigations shed new light on Toulouse terrorist shootings
June 13th, 2012
12:05 AM ET

Investigations shed new light on Toulouse terrorist shootings

By Paul Cruickshank

It was shooting spree that terrorized France for 10 days, and for weeks dominated the country's presidential election campaign.

Starting on March 11, Mohammed Merah, a 23 year old French-Algerian motor-bike riding assassin, who kept the visor on his helmet shut as he killed, and filmed every detail in high definition from a camera on his torso, shot four French paratroopers in two attacks, killing three and paralyzing one, and then on March 19 shot at point blank range three children and their teacher at a Jewish school in Toulouse, in an attack that shocked the world.

In an unprecedented manhunt, police tracked the killer to his apartment in Toulouse, where he held out during a two-day siege.During a seven-hour rambling confession to negotiators, he claimed to be acting on behalf of al Qaeda. He was killed in a blaze of gunfire as security services stormed the building on March 22.

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A year of Security Clearance
June 13th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

A year of Security Clearance

From the hunt for terrorists to intelligence on Iran, from debunking North Korea rumors to revealing military planning for SyriaCNN's Security Clearance blog has been reporting on all facets of terrorism, national security and related coverage. In one year, we've notched tens of millions of page views and our readers have left more than 100,000 comments, as well.

Examining terrorism and its implications on policy and daily lives, the blog has spanned the world. From the squeeze on al Qaeda in Pakistan to the evolving strengths of its affiliates in Yemen, the emerging threats in Somalia and in the West. We have looked at how governments try to stop terrorism with the increasing use of drones, intelligence gathering and messaging, as well as how terrorists influence and recruit, plus the debate at home about how to deal with terrorism and terrorists. CNN's terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank weighs in regularly with his insights on global jihad. FULL POST

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Filed under: Diplomacy • Intelligence • Military • Terrorism