Her Father's Trial

What's life like for a child of the Patriot Act?

"It was the happiest I've ever been, " she said.

A few days later, Laila was back in a newly-snowy Manhattan, struggling to finish the final project for her reporting class—a narrative reconstruction of a murder trial—before deadline. On Saturday, she happened to run into the School of Journalism's dean of students. "Well, it's been a big week for you, huh? Congratulations," he said. After she thanked him, he asked her, "Do people here know?"

The strange thing was, after keeping silent for so long, she wasn't really sure.

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