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?"

Laila's father, Sami Al-Arian, remains in federal prison.
photo: Line Halvorsen
Laila's father, Sami Al-Arian, remains in federal prison.

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