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Southern California military bases tighten security for 9/11

September 7, 2011 |  2:11 pm

Security at military bases in San Diego County and elsewhere in Southern California is being heightened during the days surrounding the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said Wednesday.

Lines of traffic waiting to enter the bases may be longer than unusual because guards are checking identification more closely, officials said.

The authorization by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta covers force-protection levels for all military installations in the U.S.

"This is not in response to any specific or credible threat surrounding the 10th anniversary of 9/11," said Pentagon spokesman George Little, "but we believe it is prudent and precautionary to take such a step."

The increase in force-protection measures "is a reflection of Al Qaeda's continued interest in milestone and anniversary events," Little said.

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