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Combatant Loses Bid for Freedom

A defense attempt to free a Qatari man designated an enemy combatant in the war on terrorism was dealt a setback Monday when a federal judge ruled that his court lost jurisdiction in the case after the suspect was transferred to a U.S. Navy brig in South Carolina. But U.S. District Judge Michael M. Mihm also described as “unseemly” the Bush administration’s abrupt designation of Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri as an enemy combatant after Al-Marri — whom the government accused of operating a terrorist “sleeper cell” — refused to cooperate with prosecutors. “I’m not naive enough to believe that this was just a coincidence,” the judge said. Full Story

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