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Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 2:21 PM

As we noted yesterday, charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohmammed and his alleged co-conspirators have been referred in a military commission. This follows the new charges and additional victims we noticed on the charge sheet last week. Jeremy Herb at The Hill quotes Representative Buck McKeon, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee:

It is time for the American people to hear the fullest possible account of the atrocities that these individuals have committed against the United States . . . It is time for judgement to be passed and long-delayed justice to be done.

There was another suicide bombing in Afghanistan, killing ten people, three of whom were NATO troops, the AP reports.

The trial of Adis Medunjanin, the man accused of a role in the 2009 New York City subway bombing plot, is set to begin on April 16. Two of the conspirators have already entered guilty pleas, and will be witnesses in the trial, the AP says.

BBC News reports that UK Prime Minister David Cameron is on the defensive for his endorsement of using secret hearings in some civil cases involving national security, as well as his approval of additional monitoring of citizen communications. The Guardian also has this story on the debate across the pond. As it happens, U.S. intelligence agencies are reportedly disclosing less to their British counterparts for fear that the intelligence will go public in the UK courts, writes Carlos Munoz at The Hill.

This article in Yemen Online argues that U.S. strikes in the country are not only targeting groups that are threats to the U.S. because of their ties to Al Qaeda, but also groups that are merely opponents to Yemen’s current regime.

BBC News also has this report on Holloman Air Force Base, the largest drone pilot training ground in the world.

Now that we’re out of Iraq, the U.S. is invading Australia. Well, it’s true that the first 200 Marines have landed Down Under, but it’s not to subjugate the Aussies–or to help them with nation building. The U.S. is establishing a permanent joint training base to expands its Asia-Pacific presence, reports the AP.

In response to the debate in the science and policy communities over whether to discourage publication of research that created a resistent strain of bird flu in scientific journals, it appears that a new policy for screening any government-funded research related to 15 specific pathogens that it categorized as of “high consequence” has been written. 

Rest assured, you can catch up on all you’ve missed on Al Qaeda’s websites; they’re now back online, Ellen Nakashima at the Washington Post reports.

Another U.S. drone has crashed in Seychelles, Reuters tells us.

U.S. government lawyers are arguing on behalf of releasing to the British government confidential interviews with former members of the IRA, conducted for research purposes and currently located in Boston College’s library. The researchers had guaranteed that the identities of the interviewees would remain confidential until each one had died. The Boston Globe continues to follow this story.

Read this review of Jack’s book in Bloomberg Businessweek, and this recap in National Journal of the event we hosted yesterday about drones in domestic airspace.

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