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Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsani Nafis, a Bangladeshi man who came to the US for violent jihad, pled guilty in Manhattan to plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve Building. He said he was influenced by al Qaeda's Inspire magazine and ideologue Anwar al Awlaki. Secretary of State John Kerry said the US was looking at possible new approaches to the Syrian conflict, and cited the threats posed by the Al Nusrah Front and the influx of fighters from al Qaeda in Iraq.
CIA director nominee John Brennan testified that US drone strikes meet "rigorous standards" in "full compliance with the law" and that civilian casualties are "exceedingly rare, and much, much rarer than many allege." He also said the US remains "at war with al Qaeda and its associated forces." The US is urging the European Union to designate Hezbollah a terrorist entity.
A leaked confidential Justice Department memo sets forth the policy that the US can target and kill American citizens abroad who are senior al Qaeda leaders continually plotting violent attacks against the US or its citizens. The policy specifies that lethal force may be used only if the capture of the suspect is not feasible; and any such operation must comply with basic law-of-war principles. The Senate Intelligence Committee is seeking the release of additional legal analyses on the drone strikes.
Defense Secretary Panetta and top Pentagon officer General Dempsey said the US expects to keep some troops in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends in December 2014. The US is developing new rules for its cyberwarfare program to address growing security concerns. Over the past year, a number of US banks and major news outlets have been plagued by cyberattacks.
Defense Secretary Panetta said that as the US is still in a war on terrorism, drone strikes must continue to be used against al Qaeda "where necessary." He also affirmed the need for covert US action in some cases.