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Judge rules 9/11 case at Guantanamo must proceed

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October 1, 2013 04:27 PM EST | AP


MIAMI — MIAMI (AP) — A military judge has decided against halting proceedings in the Sept. 11 terror attack case at Guantanamo Bay while the Pentagon tries to resolve computer network security issues.

Army Col. James Pohl ruled Tuesday that pretrial hearings will continue for five Guantanamo prisoners charged with orchestrating the attack.

Pohl heard three days of testimony in August at the U.S. base in Cuba about security fears that prompted defense lawyers to stop using government email and servers for confidential legal work. Lawyers said data disappeared, emails went astray or were improperly sent to the prosecution, and private legal research was subject to monitoring.

Prosecutors said the concerns were overblown, but the Pentagon agreed to address the complaints. Pohl said in his ruling that was sufficient to move ahead with the case.