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Al Quaeda hacker

Date: September 25, 2006
Source: CNET

"Police blotter" is a weekly CNET report on the intersection of technology and the law.

What: Man designated by President Bush as "enemy combatant" who allegedly entered the United States to disrupt computer networks fights charges.

When: U.S. District Judge Henry Floyd in South Carolina rules on Aug. 8.

Outcome: Court rejects defendant's request.

What happened, according to court documents: Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri is a Qatari national who earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., in the 1990s. On Sept. 10, 2001, he legally returned to the United States with his wife and children, saying he was going to obtain a master's degree from Bradley in computer science.

Three months later, the FBI arrested al-Marri in Peoria and held him as a "material witness" until he was indicted on Feb. 6, 2002, and again on Jan. 22, 2003. The charges include making false statements to the FBI, making false statements in a bank account application and using a fake ID for a bank account. Al-Marri has pleaded not guilty.
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