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The government is revising intelligence procedures in the wake of the Snowden affair to make sure all information is not accessible in one place, and to implement a "two-man rule." Shelton Thomas Bell, of Jacksonville, Fla., was indicted for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a.k.a. Ansar al Sharia. Bell had trained for jihad with others, made jihadist recruitment propaganda, solicited others to travel with him to join AQIM, and tried to travel to Yemen with a juvenile to join AQIM.
The Arab League issued a statement endorsing Secretary of State Kerry's latest effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks; Kerry did not reveal details of the proposals made to the Arab League. A dispute between the Afghan government and the US over taxation is slowing down the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. A federal appellate court upheld a law dealing with the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects.
NSA leaker Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia. Emerson Begolly, 24, of Redbank Township, Pa., was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for promoting terrorist attacks over the Internet against US targets. Daniel Morley, a Boston area man who claimed to be an acquaintance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has been accused of threatening to blow up an airplane; he allegedly had materials for a pressure cooker bomb before the April 15 attacks. Secretary of Defense Hegel announced a 20 percent cut in top Pentagon staff for the period 2015-2019. Last week furloughs began for some 650,000 civilian Defense Dept. employees; $37 billion was slashed from defense spending this year.
In Cairo, Deputy Secretary of State Burns urged the Egyptian interim leadership and military to avoid political arrests and to reconcile with the Islamists. The US is trying to negotiate an agreement with the Philippines to allow for an increased rotational presence of US forces in the country. Air Force combat squadrons idled by budget cuts this spring resumed flying today, after funds for future acquisitions were reallocated to operations.