The latest U.S.-designated “enemy combatant” spent the summer of 2000 in a Macomb, Ill., motel room The Chicago Tribune gives a glimpse of what Ali Saleh Kahlah A-Marri did there, drawn from FBI and other sources. Federal officials say the 37-year-old Bradley University graduate and alleged Al Qaeda operative demanded fast Internet connections and kept stolen credit card numbers in the same computer that held audio lectures from Osama bin Laden.
He now is being held in a naval brig in Charleston, S.C. President George W. Bush alleged that the Qatari national and father of five committed “hostile and warlike acts, including conduct in preparation for acts of international terrorism” against the United States. A Justice Department official alleged that Al-Marri landed in Chicago one day before the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, to help coordinate operatives for a second round of assaults.
In the summer of 2000, he working out of a paneled room with stained blue carpeting at the Time Out Motel. “He sat around and was on the Internet all day,” said an Internet provider. He also went to at least three local banks to open accounts for a fictitious business, AAA Carpet.
according to the FBI.