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Recovery slow for former detainee

Tarek Albasti was working toward his childhood dream of becoming a pilot after he immigrated to the United States from Egypt to be with his American wife. But his goal was crushed when the FBI labeled him a terrorist in the sweeping investigation of Sept. 11. Now Albasti, 31, says he has lost the nerve to fly, knowing that as an Arab he would immediately be suspected of wrongdoing should anything go wrong when he is behind the controls. Albasti’s name has been cleared: This month the federal government expunged the arrest records of Albasti and seven friends from Egypt, admitting they had false information when they took the men into custody in October 2001 as material witnesses to a terrorism plot. Full Story

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