Three months later, al-Marri was detained. At first the government held him on a material witness warrant. Then it charged him with making false statements to the FBI as well as with credit card fraud. But then, less than a month before al-Marri’s trial, the government dropped all the charges against him and declared him an enemy combatant. He was then handed over to the military.For the first seventeen interrogation-heavy months, his captors barred him even from talking to his attorneys. Since that time, Al-Marri has been confined, round the clock, in a small cell with an opaque window covered with plastic.
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