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Oct 1, 2013

U.S. spy agencies face big layoffs in government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 70 percent of the civilians working for U.S. spy agencies have been deemed “non-essential” employees and face temporary layoffs due to the government shutdown that began on Tuesday, three officials familiar with the matter said.

The agencies affected are the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of Director of National Intelligence and 15 others, the officials said.

Sep 27, 2013

Former bin Laden associate facing U.S. charges seeks UK spy evidence

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former London-based associate of Osama bin Laden facing U.S. terrorism charges has asked a judge for authorization to seek testimony from an officer of Britain’s internal spy agency, MI5, which his lawyers claim might prove his innocence.

Lawyers for Khalid Al Fawwaz filed papers in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday seeking a court order requiring testimony from a MI5 officer with whom Fawwaz claims he was in regular contact with during four years he lived in London in the 1990s.

Sep 26, 2013

U.S. concern grows about al Qaeda ties to Kenya mall attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Islamist militant attack on a Kenyan shopping mall increasingly appears to have been carried out by a dominant faction of al Shabaab, which has ideological and personal ties to al Qaeda, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Based on initial reporting from the scene, which is still preliminary and uncertain, U.S. officials believe al Shabaab likely spent a great deal of time planning and staging the siege in Nairobi that killed at least 72 people.

Sep 23, 2013

U.S. examines Kenya information about foreigners in mall attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are urgently looking into information given by the Kenyan government that foreigners were among armed militants who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall over the weekend, killing at least 62 people, U.S. security sources said.

Kenyan security forces are still continuing an operation to secure the Westgate Mall and free any remaining hostages, meaning conclusive evidence proving the involvement of foreigners is not yet available.

Sep 22, 2013

Analysis: Nairobi attack may trigger tighter security at malls worldwide

By Ilaina Jonas and Mark Hosenball

(Reuters) – The deadly attack on a high-end Nairobi shopping mall on Saturday put the safety of malls around the world into the spotlight and could trigger moves to improve security and make it more visible.

“They’re obviously going to ramp up security,” said Malachy Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers, a U.S.-based trade group of mall and shopping center owners, adding that he expected the U.S. government’s Department of Homeland Security to reach out to the heads of corporate security for all American malls following the events in Kenya.

Sep 22, 2013

Nairobi attack may trigger tighter security at malls worldwide

Sept 22 (Reuters) – The deadly attack on a high-end Nairobi
shopping mall on Saturday put the safety of malls around the
world into the spotlight and could trigger moves to improve
security and make it more visible.

“They’re obviously going to ramp up security,” said Malachy
Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping
Centers, a U.S.-based trade group of mall and shopping center
owners, adding that he expected the U.S. government’s Department
of Homeland Security to reach out to the heads of corporate
security for all American malls following the events in Kenya.

Sep 18, 2013

U.S. lawmakers question Navy Yard shooting suspect’s security clearance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are calling for a review into how the suspected shooter in Monday’s rampage at the Washington Navy Yard received and maintained a security clearance, despite a history of violent episodes.

Aaron Alexis, 34, received a security clearance more than five years ago and it helped him obtain his most recent job as a technology contractor at the Navy Yard, where he allegedly killed 12 people before being shot dead by police.

Sep 18, 2013

Lawmakers question Navy Yard shooting suspect’s security clearance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers are calling for a review into how the suspected shooter in Monday’s rampage at the Washington Navy Yard received and maintained a security clearance, despite a history of violent episodes.

Aaron Alexis, 34, received a security clearance more than five years ago and it helped him obtain his most recent job as a technology contractor at the Navy Yard, where he allegedly killed 12 people before being shot dead by police.

Sep 17, 2013

Authorities question vetting of Washington gunman who killed 12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington authorities questioned on Tuesday how a U.S. military veteran with a history of violence and mental problems could have gotten clearance to enter a Navy base where he killed 12 people before police shot him dead.

The suspect, Aaron Alexis, 34, a Navy contractor from Fort Worth, Texas, entered Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning and opened fire, spreading panic at the base just a mile and a half from the U.S. Capitol and three miles from the White House.

Sep 16, 2013

Gunman opens fire at Navy Yard in Washington D.C., 13 dead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A 34-year-old gunman opened fire at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington on Monday in a shooting that left 13 people dead at the busy military installation not far from the U.S. Capitol and the White House, officials said.

The suspect, identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, was among the dead and authorities said they were searching for another possible gunman wearing military-style clothing.