On March 6, 2009, the US Supreme Court granted a motion by the US government to dismiss an appeal by suspected al Qaeda operative Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri challenging his indefinite detention at a US Navy brig in Charleston, South Carolina. The court granted certiorari the previous year to review the Fourth Circuit decision to uphold his detention on two charges of providing material support to al Qaeda and conspiring with other to provide material support to al Qaeda. Al-Marri was arrested at his home in Peoria, Illinois in 2001 and classified by then-president George W. Bush as an "enemy combatant," which subjected him to indefinite detention. Since his incarceration advocacy groups that include the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have provided al-Marri with legal representation.
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