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An appeals court overturned a military court's conviction of former bin Laden bodyguard and driver Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and detained at Guantanamo. Because providing material support for terrorism was not an international war crime at the time of his arrest, the court found the conviction a retroactive prosecution and untenable.
A US military judge is considering proposed security rules for the trial of five Guantanamo detainees charged over the 9/11 attacks. A Connecticut judge set a tentative trial date of October 2013 for Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan to face charges of operating jihadist websites. In Pennsylvania, sentencing for Colleen LaRose a.k.a. Jihad Jane has been postponed until December.
US officials said Iran was behind a series of cyberatttacks against US targets, including financial institutions. The attacks began early in 2012, later shifted to targets in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel, and then refocused on US banks over the past month.
Defense Secretary Panetta warned of the increasing danger of cyberattacks on US civilian infrastructure; the US is "in a pre-9/ll moment," he said. Cyberattacks have already in some instances breached systems for US financial institutions; public transportation; and chemical, water, and electrical plants. The Pentagon is preparing new rules of engagement for cyberwarfare and has developed the ability to mount preemptive operations upon detection of an impending cyberattack.