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Abu Zubaydah, a high-profile detainee at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, appeared publicly for the first time at a hearing today that will determine if he is still deemed a threat to the United States or whether he could be eligible for a transfer out of the detention camp. He has not been seen publicly since he was captured in Pakistan by the CIA in March 2002.

Mistakenly believed to have been one of the top officials in al-Qaeda, Zubaydah, 45, whose real name is Zayn al-Ibidin Muhammed Husay, was waterboarded 83 times and endured several other enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA in its secret detention program. It was later determined that U.S. intelligence overstated Zubaydah’s role in al-Qaeda.

Zubaydah was among the CIA detainees transferred to Guantanamo in September 2006 when President George W. Bush ended the CIA’s secret prison network. Zubaydah has never been formally charged with a crime during his 14 years in custody.

Read more: ABC News

The bulk collection of personal data by British spy agencies is vital in preventing terrorist attacks, an independent review of draft security legislation has found.  David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, concluded that laws giving MI5, MI6 and GCHQ the right to gather large volumes of data from members of the public had a “clear operational purpose”.

The main findings were welcomed by the prime minister, Theresa May, but have prompted concern from Labour and privacy campaigners.  Andy Burnham, the shadow home secretary, said it was concerning that May had not accepted Anderson’s recommendation for an advisory panel on technology.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

Anjem Choudary, one of the most notorious hate preachers living in Britain, is facing jail after being found guilty of supporting Islamic State.

Following years in which he avoided arrest despite his apparent sympathy for extremism and links to some of Britain’s most notorious terrorists, Choudary was convicted at the Old Bailey after jurors heard he had sworn an oath of allegiance to Isis.

The 49-year-old, who has links to one of Lee Rigby’s killers, Michael Adebolajo, and the Islamist militant Omar Bakri Muhammad, also urged followers to support Isis in a series of talks broadcast on YouTube.

Choudary and his co-defendant, Mohammed Rahman, 33, told their supporters to obey Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Isis leader, who is also known as a caliph, and travel to Syria to support Islamic State or “the caliphate”, the court heard.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

A Mississippi woman who tried to join the Islamic State group sought to apologize at sentencing Thursday, tearful as a federal judge ordered her to spend 12 years in prison on a terrorism charge.  Vicksburg native Jaelyn Young, who once sought to disguise a planned journey to Syria as her honeymoon, told U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock that she finds what she did "surreal," adding she felt shame over her actions and sorrow for the humiliation she caused her family.

"I wasn't myself. I said and did things that were so contrary to me," the 20-year-old Young said, hunching her shoulders as she broke down in sobs. "Much of this remains surreal to me."  "When things really began to snap back into place, then I began to feel shame," Young added.

Read more: ABC News

American security contractors Lloyd Fields and James Creach were working at a police training facility in Amman, Jordan, in November 2015 when a trainee shot and killed them with a smuggled assault rifle. The Islamic State quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement, the terror group’s media arm called the shooter a “lone wolf” for the aspiring caliphate, and warned that “time will turn thousands of supporters on Twitter and others into wolves.”

It’s no secret that the Islamic State relies heavily on Twitter to recruit fighters and spread propaganda. And for the families of the two slain contractors, the group’s statement was confirmation that the company should be held liable for the men’s deaths. The families sued Twitter earlier this year, claiming that the company provided material support to the Islamic State that paved the way for the deadly shooting. But a federal judge isn’t convinced.

In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick of California dismissed the suit, saying a federal law known as the Communications Decency Act, or CDA, protects Twitter from liability but left the door open for the families to refile their case.

Read more: Washington Post