Morning Security Brief: Security Clearances Scrutinized, Sandy Hook Report Released Today, and Egypt Enacts Protester Law

By Teresa Anderson

► Six weeks before he opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, contractor Aaron Alexis had his security clearance rescinded. According to ABC News, the clearance was pulled on August 7 after a police incident in Rhode Island drew attention to Alexis’ mental problems. However, the clearance was reinstated on August 9, and the contractor that employed Alexis failed to notify the U.S. Navy. The incident has spurred action on Capitol Hill as Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has issued a subpoena for records on government security clearances. According to Federal News Radio, Issa is seeking records from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) detailing the agency’s process for conducting background checks for security clearances. Before filing the subpoena, Issa made several requests for information directly to the OPM.

► Connecticut law enforcement officials are scheduled to release a report today on the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. CNN reports that the document will detail the investigation into the shooting. The report is separate from the Connecticut State Police evidence file, which will be released at a later date.

► Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, has issues a new law limiting the rights of citizens to protest. The Guardian reports that the law requires that protesters obtain seven separate permissions to gather in the street and bans overnight sit-ins, such as the Tahrir Square protests, which led to the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Those wishing to hold protests must go to court to appeal any rejected applications, “a restriction lawyers argue will render legal demonstration almost impossible.” The law also bans any unsanctioned gatherings, in public or private, of 10 or more people and gives the police final say over whether a protest can take place.


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