It said Salim Ahmed Hamdan's conviction for providing material support for terrorism had to be overturned because his actions — driving the al-Qaida leader around — were not a war crime at the time. The ruling does not directly affect Hamdan, who was released in 2009, but may have a big impact on cases at Guantanamo Bay that have yet to be litigated.
A federal appeals court ruled that providing material support for terrorism wasn't a crime when Salim Ahmed Hamdan was Osama bin Laden's driver from 1996 to 2001. The decision likely will not affect high-profile cases against suspected terrorists, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.
Bruce Fleming, English professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, thinks military academies like the USNA and West Point infantilize students, and can't be relied upon to produce the best leaders. In The Chronicle of Higher Education, he questions whether they should even exist anymore.
U.S. officials now believe Iran was responsible for a series of cyberattacks on American banks in September and on major energy firms in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks about the escalating tactics of cyberwarfare.
The U.S.-China economic relationship is under pressure again with allegations from the House Intelligence Committee that two top Chinese telecom firms are security threats. China responded by saying the report could damage relations with the U.S.
When the Soviet Union collapsed, its vast nuclear stockpile did not appear secure and the U.S. stepped in to help. Thousands of nuclear weapons have been dismantled with U.S. aid over the past two decades. But now Moscow says it's ready to pull the plug on the program.
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