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Tracking Bin Laden

The Kafkafa security prison sits high on a summit among the craggy hills of northern Jordan. It&#039s visiting hour, and Khalil Deek is smiling broadly through an iron-mesh screen dividing prisoners from their families. “Thank you for taking an interest in the case,” he says, fingering his bushy black beard. The “case” places Deek, a naturalized American citizen born in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, at the center of a conspiracy to attack American and Israeli tourists in Jordan last New Year&#039s. With a wave of his hand, Deek dismisses the charges as “all this hocus-pocus.” A devout Muslim, he says he had been living a quiet life in Anaheim, Calif., working as a computer technician and designing Islamic-culture Web sites when, in 1997, he traveled to the Pakistani-Afghan border. Not, he says, to join Al Jihad, but to preserve the writings of a revered Muslim cleric on CD-ROM. “America is a homeland to me,” he says, “more than any other country.” Full Story

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