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Jul 23, 2015

U.S. personnel office says security clearance system restarting

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s hiring
office, hit recently by a massive computer hack, said on
Thursday it was restarting its online system for processing
security clearance applications.

Shut down in late June for “security enhancements,” the
Office of Personnel Management’s e-QIP system was back on line,
OPM spokesman Sam Schumach said in a statement.

Jul 22, 2015

U.S. unlikely to blame China publicly over OPM data breach: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While it privately points the finger at China for massive hacking into the personal data of millions of federal employees, the U.S. government does not plan to publicly blame Beijing, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama’s administration is still debating how it should respond to the breaches, which American officials acknowledge were huge and damaging. China denies any involvement in hacking U.S. databases.

Jul 22, 2015

U.S. team in Jordan to interrogate uncle of Tennessee shooter -lawyer

AMMAN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. investigators are in Jordan to interrogate the Jordanian-American uncle of the gunman who attacked military offices in Tennessee last week, killing five U.S. servicemen, said the uncle’s lawyer and U.S. government sources on Wednesday.

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, the suspected shooter, was killed in a gunfight with police on July 16 after he sprayed bullets at a military recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a nearby Naval Reserve Center.

Jul 21, 2015

Tennessee suspect’s family sees depression, shame behind rampage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Members of Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez’s family believe deep depression and shame over an arrest for impaired driving may have led him to go on a rampage in which five U.S. servicemen died last week, a source close to the family said on Tuesday.

Two days before the fatal shooting at military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Abdulazeez told his family he was going to work, the source said, but they learned from his friends that he took a marijuana and alcohol-fueled “joy ride” in a rented car.

Jul 20, 2015

Tennessee rampage suspect went to Qatar in 2014 – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man suspected of killing five members of the U.S. military in Tennessee last week was in Qatar at least once during a 2014 trip to the Middle East, according to two U.S. government sources who said reasons for the stopover were still unknown.

U.S. investigators are trying to piece together Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez’s travels to the region to see if he was radicalised by a militant group such as Islamic State. But they have no evidence he was in contact with militant groups or individuals.

Jul 20, 2015

General jihadist propaganda may have inspired Tennessee gunman: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General jihadist propaganda on the Internet may have inspired

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, the man accused of killing five servicemen in Tennessee on Thursday before being shot dead himself, a source close to the investigation said on Monday.

Jul 18, 2015

Suspect in slaying of U.S. Marines made 2014 trip to Mideast

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The suspect in the fatal shootings of four U.S. Marines traveled to Jordan and possibly other Middle Eastern countries last year, authorities said on Friday, as the investigation focused on any signs of a connection to Islamist militants.

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen, died on Thursday in a firefight with police after a rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jul 17, 2015

Probe into Chattanooga shooting suspect turns to Mideast travel

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities believe the suspect in the fatal shootings of four Marines in Tennessee visited Jordan last year and possibly Yemen as well, two U.S. government sources said on Friday, as investigators looked for any connection to Islamist militants.Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old Kuwait-born U.S. citizen, who the FBI identified as the shooter, died on Thursday in a firefight with police after he killed the Marines and wounded three other people in a rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga.

A little more than 24 hours after the shooting, the FBI said it continued to investigate it as an act of terrorism and that it was “premature” to speculate on the motive. Abdulazeez’s travel was part of the investigation.

Jul 15, 2015

U.S. senators call for reforms of U.S. football body at FIFA corruption hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators on Wednesday called for extensive reforms in the way football is run by both international and U.S. governing bodies, and questioned what current U.S. football chiefs knew about corruption in the global organisation FIFA.

“The facts show there had to be either wilful ignorance or blatant incompetence on behalf of many of the members of this org. – that’s true of U.S. football as well,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the top Democrat on the Senate commerce subcommittee at a hearing it held on Wednesday to examine alleged corruption in FIFA and related football bodies.

Jul 15, 2015

U.S. senators call for reforms of U.S. soccer body at FIFA corruption hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators on Wednesday called for extensive reforms in the way soccer is run by both international and U.S. governing bodies, and questioned what current U.S. soccer chiefs knew about corruption in the global organization FIFA.

“The facts show there had to be either wilful ignorance or blatant incompetence on behalf of many of the members of this org. – that’s true of U.S. soccer as well,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the top Democrat on the Senate commerce subcommittee at a hearing it held on Wednesday to examine alleged corruption in FIFA and related soccer bodies.