Nabil al-Marabh, once imprisoned as the No. 27 man on the FBI’s list of must-capture terror suspects, is free. The Associated Press said he told a Jordanian informant he planned to die a martyr by exploding a gasoline truck in a New York City tunnel; he told the FBI he had trained on rifles and rocket propelled grenades at militant camps in Afghanistan. Prosecutors in Detroit and Chicago tried to indict him on charges that could have kept him in prison for years, but the indictments were rejected by the Justice Department in the name of protecting intelligence.
The Bush administration in January deported al-Marabh to Syria – his home and a country the U.S. views as a sponsor of terrorism. The case’s end provides a stark contrast to other cases in which the administration has held suspects without lawyers as enemy combatants. It contrasts with the terms FBI agents used to describe al-Marabh in internal documents obtained by the Associated Press. Al-Marabh “intended to martyr himself in an attack against the United States,” an FBI agent wrote in December 2002.