US intel info suggests al-Shabaab may be planning new attacks
An image grab taken from AFP TV shows Kenyan troops taking position on September 21, 2013 inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi.
September 27th, 2013
07:00 PM ET

US intel info suggests al-Shabaab may be planning new attacks

By Barbara Starr

The U.S. intelligence community is monitoring a specific stream of classified information suggesting the terror group believed to be behind the Nairobi shopping mall attack may be planning new attacks in East Africa, particularly in Kenya, CNN has learned.

Two U.S. officials said the information does not include details of a target or date. But it is the first detailed indication that they may have information to validate threats made by Somali-based al-Shabaab that more attacks were planned after the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.

"We are concerned," one official said.

"There are data points that worry us. Our intelligence is focused on how do we prevent any more attacks," the other official said.
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Pentagon outlines how shutdown would impact operations
September 27th, 2013
02:31 PM ET

Pentagon outlines how shutdown would impact operations

By Jamie Crawford

The Pentagon issued guidance on Friday on how a potential government shutdown, which would begin on Tuesday absent a congressional agreement on spending, would impact its operations.

"All military personnel will continue in a normal duty status regardless of their affiliation" under a shutdown scenario, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter wrote in a memo to military commanders and other senior defense officials.

But continued service could present complications for the troops themselves, Carter added.

"Military personnel will not be paid until such time as Congress makes appropriated funds available to compensate them for this period of service," he wrote.
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NSA: Some used spying power to snoop on lovers
September 27th, 2013
12:27 AM ET

NSA: Some used spying power to snoop on lovers

The National Security Agency's internal watchdog detailed a dozen instances in the past decade in which its employees intentional misused the agency's surveillance power, in some cases to snoop on their love interests.

A letter from the NSA's inspector general responding to a request by Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R., Iowa), lists the dozen incidents that abused the NSA's foreign intelligence collection systems. The letter also says there are two additional incidents now under investigation and another allegation pending that may require an investigation.

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