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Manchester Bombings: 14th suspect apprehended, Bombing Investigation Continues

The bombing after a concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22 killed 22 people, some of them children. More than 60 people remain in hospital, with 23 in critical care.

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Salman Abedi, the man police say was behind the Manchester bombing, is seen in this image taken from CCTV on the night he committed the attack in this handout photo released to Reuters on May 27. RFA
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Manchester, May 28, 2017: -British police investigating the deadly terror attack in Manchester say they have made another arrest as they continue their efforts to capture the suspected network of which they believe suicide bomber Salman Abedi had been a part.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement on Twitter on May 28 that they had arrested a 25-year-old man “on suspicion of offenses contrary to the terrorism act.”

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The arrest brings the total number of suspects apprehended over the bombing to 14, including Abedi’s elder brother, Ismail. Two have since been released without charge, while 12 men remain in custody for questioning.

Asked during a BBC interview on May 28 whether some of the group members were still at large, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Potentially. It is an ongoing operation.”

The bombing after a concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22 killed 22 people, some of them children. More than 60 people remain in hospital, with 23 in critical care.

Rudd said that intelligence agencies were monitoring 3,000 suspected extremists and had a wider pool of 20,000 people of interest.

Over the weekend, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the national terror threat level had been reduced from “critical” to “severe” and that military troops would stop patrolling Britain’s streets but that the public “should remain vigilant.”

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Extra armed officers will be on duty across the country with security stepped up at some 1,300 events over the long holiday weekend.

The Times newspaper reported on May 27 that some “23,000 jihadist extremists” living in Britain had been identified by intelligence officers. (RFA)

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A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas.

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Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA
Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. We take a look at what that means.

What is a security clearance?

A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas after completion of a background check. The clearance by itself does not guarantee unlimited access. The agency seeking the clearance must determine what specific area of information the person needs to access.

What are the different levels of security clearance?

There are three levels: Confidential, secret and top secret. Security clearances don’t expire. But, top secret clearances are reinvestigated every five years, secret clearances every 10 years and confidential clearances every 15 years.

All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance. VOA
All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance. VOA

Who has security clearances?

According to a Government Accountability Office report released last year, about 4.2 million people had a security clearance as of 2015, they included military personnel, civil servants, and government contractors.

Why does one need a security clearance in retirement?

Retired senior intelligence officials and military officers need their security clearances in case they are called to consult on sensitive issues.

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Can the president revoke a security clearance?

Apparently. But there is no precedent for a president revoking someone’s security clearance. A security clearance is usually revoked by the agency that sought it for an employee or contractor. All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance, which can include criminal acts, lack of allegiance to the United States, behavior or situation that could compromise an individual and security violations. (VOA)