September 26th, 2012
09:32 PM ET

Sources: 15 days after Benghazi attack, FBI still not on the scene

More than two weeks after four Americans - including the U.S. ambassador to Libya - were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, FBI agents have not yet been granted access to investigate in the eastern Libyan city, and the crime scene has not been secured, sources said.

"They've gotten as far as Tripoli now, but they've never gotten to Benghazi," CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend said Wednesday, citing senior law enforcement officials.
Last Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that an FBI team had reached Libya earlier in the week.

"In fairness to the secretary, it may be that she wanted to be coy about where they were in Libya for security concerns. That's understandable. But the fact is, it's not clear they've been in Libya for very long," Townsend said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360°."

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September 26th, 2012
07:55 PM ET

Clinton maintains non-stop schedule at U.N. General Assembly

By Jamie Crawford

Things always move at a hectic pace during meetings around the annual U.N. General Assembly, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may raise that bar higher this year.

Within four days, Clinton had already met with 21 heads of state and government and foreign ministers during a marathon schedule of meetings on the sidelines of the annual conclave of world leaders.

Clinton's days this week have been a blur of back to back meetings in hotel suites and meeting rooms near U.N. headquarters.

She has spoken with the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, and Myanmar as well as the prime ministers of Israel, Turkey and Lebanon. Middle East monarchs and foreign ministers from Belgium, Greece, and Britain have also had meetings with Clinton.

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Army general faces possible court-martial on sexual conduct, other charges
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September 26th, 2012
06:22 PM ET

Army general faces possible court-martial on sexual conduct, other charges

By Larry Shaughnessy

The former deputy commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division has been charged with numerous violations of military law, including forcible sodomy, the Army said Wednesday.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair has been charged with "forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, attempted violation of an order, violations of regulations by wrongfully engaging in inappropriate relationships, misusing a government travel charge card" and several other counts, said Col. Kevin Arata, a spokesman for the Fort Bragg-based 82nd Airborne Division, which since its creation during World War I has been one of the most celebrated units in the Army.

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September 26th, 2012
05:52 PM ET

Iranian president accuses West of intimidation in U.N address

By David Ariosto

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his nation was committed to peace and accused world powers of double standards in pursuing an arms race, as he took to the stage Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly.

His address on day two of the general debate was widely expected to prove contentious, given the Iranian leader's history of controversial statements, but he made no mention of Israel.

At times, his remarks seemed almost conciliatory.

Speaking from the assembly's iconic green marble podium, Ahmadinejad told delegates that Iran has a "global vision and welcomes any effort intended to provide and promote peace, stability and tranquility" in the world.

However, an "arms race and intimidation by nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction by the hegemonic powers have become prevalent," he said, and Iran finds itself under threat from world powers seeking to impose their views.

"Continued threat by the uncivilized Zionists to resort to military action against our great nation is a clear example of this bitter reality," he said. "A state of mistrust has cast its shadow on the international relations, while there is no trusted or just authority to help resolve world conflicts."

It was the Iranian president's eighth and final address to the assembly, with his final term in office coming to an end next year.

As Ahmadinejad spoke, the place set aside for the U.S. delegation was empty. The Canadian delegation also did not attend the speech, and Israel's representatives were absent in observance of Yom Kippur.

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September 26th, 2012
05:37 PM ET

Safeguarding against cyber attacks

The Cybersecurity adviser to the White House, Michael Daniel, gave a candid assessment today of the cyber risks the U.S. faces. This comes as there are rumblings that the President is getting ready to issue an executive order on cybersecurity in light of Congress failing to pass legislation on this issue. CNN's Suzanne Kelly reports on what the government is doing to protect the U.S. from the threat of cyber attacks.

Military leaders: We're still too fat to fight
September 26th, 2012
02:16 PM ET

Military leaders: We're still too fat to fight

By CNN's Jacque Wilson

One in four young adults are too overweight to join the U.S. military, a new report from the advocacy group Mission: Readiness says. And the U.S. Department of Defense spends an estimated $1 billion each year on medical care related to obesity issues for active duty members, their dependents and veterans.

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Senators cite CNN's Security Clearance reporting in call for answers in US Consulate attack
September 26th, 2012
08:01 AM ET

Senators cite CNN's Security Clearance reporting in call for answers in US Consulate attack

By Mike Mount

(CNN) - A day after CNN's Security Clearance reported that the diplomatic office in Benghazi, Libya, had less than standard security before an attack there killed four Americans, two U.S. senators have demanded details of the threats and security concerns ahead of the attack.

U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, and Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, penned a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday requesting that the she provide the committee with "all communication relevant to the security situation in Benghazi between the U.S. mission and the State Department leading up to the attacks, including any cables sent from Ambassador Stevens," according to a news release from the offices of the two senators.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens was one of the four Americans killed in the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission.

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