On Oct. 19, the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and Justice Department released a joint statement underscoring the threat of foreign influence campaigns to U.S. elections.
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President Trump on Thursday acknowledged that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is likely dead, according to the Wall Street Journal. While Trump remained adamant that Saudi Arabia should be considered innocent until proven guilty, he also said that those found responsible for Khashoggi’s death would face “very severe” consequences.
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A Turkish court ordered the release of American pastor Andrew Brunson after two years in Turkish custody, reports the New York Times. Brunson was arrested in 2016 on charges of aiding the failed military coup that attempted to oust Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Upon leaving the courthouse, Brunson returned to his home in Izmir and is expected to return to the United States on Saturday.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released its report for the Senate Committee on Armed Services examining the Defense Department's weapon systems cybersecurity. GAO investigators "routinely found mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities" in Defense Department systems, despite high levels of confidence from Pentagon program officials who claimed the systems were secure.
Ammar al-Baluchi is one of five Guantanamo detainees accused of planning the 9/11 attacks. In March, his counsel filed a motion for a permanent injunction with respect to unlawful trial by a capital military commission. The government cross-moved to hold al-Baluchi's habeas petition in abeyance until the military commission proceedings were completed. On Wednesday, Judge Friedman scheduled oral arguments on the two motions for Nov. 15 at 10:00 a.m. The hearing will be held in open court.
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