Fort Hood suspect's beard focus of another hearing
October 11th, 2012
07:01 PM ET

Fort Hood suspect's beard focus of another hearing

Attorneys argued again Thursday about whether accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan can be forcibly shaved so that his stalled court-martial can proceed.

Thursday afternoon's hearing at the Army Court of Criminal Appeals in Virginia was called to address Hasan's continued refusal to shave before court appearances, the Army said.

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Filed under: Army • Legal • Military
October 11th, 2012
06:35 PM ET

Alleged fraud puts U.S. troops at risk from roadside bombs

By CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence,

A safety alert was issued on Thursday to U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan after investigators found that a contractor allegedly failed to properly carry out a job aimed at reducing the threat of roadside bombs.

The alert that warned troops of possibly heightened danger was issued by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, which oversees spending for that war.

"The fact that we issued an alert in the midst of an ongoing investigation speaks to its urgency," an investigative official, who did not wish to speak publicly, told CNN.

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Security Clearance report forces Army to approve key program
Soldiers from the 4th BCT of the 1st Infantry Division in Afghanistan
October 11th, 2012
11:37 AM ET

Security Clearance report forces Army to approve key program

By Mike Mount, Senior CNN National Security Producer

A report last week by Security Clearance has spurred senior U.S. Army officials to quickly buy and field an anti-roadside bomb system for thousands of soldiers deployed to the violent eastern part of Afghanistan, according to Army documents obtained by CNN.

The documents show that senior Army leaders were scrambling last week to purchase the equipment, known as Palantir, for the 4th Brigade Combat Team (4th BCT) of the 1st Infantry Division "as quickly as possible" in response to reporting that highlighted delays and denials of requests for the Palantir system by Army leadership.

The 4th BCT, based out of Fort Riley, Kansas, initially requested the software before its spring 2012 deployment and was rejected by the Army.

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Obama administration's wishful thinking on terrorism
October 11th, 2012
10:55 AM ET

Obama administration's wishful thinking on terrorism

By Michael V. Hayden, CNN Contributor

Editor's note: Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who was appointed by President George W. Bush as CIA director in 2006 and served until February 2009, is a principal with the Chertoff Group, a security consulting firm. He serves on the boards of several defense firms and is a distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University. Hayden is an adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

Even as last month's events in Benghazi, Libya, become clearer (it was a terrorist attack), the aftermath of Benghazi on American politics and on American policy is far from settled.

The immediate question is why did it take so long to characterize accurately what happened there?
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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Libya • State Department • Susan Rice • Terrorism • US Ambassador