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Detainee Still in Jail After 16 Months

Sadek Awaed says he remembers weeping only twice in his life: once when his father died, the other when terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center. “Whatever hurts this country, hurts me,” he says. The 31-year-old cab driver from Egypt claims that he tried to help the FBI identify terror threats before authorities jailed him in New Jersey for immigration violations. Sixteen months later, he is still behind bars. Awaed is among a small number of Arab and Muslim men detained in the six months after the Sept. 11 attacks who remain in custody. The exact number of such cases from that tense period is difficult to determine. Officials have refused to discuss the detainees, citing confidentiality rules and national security. Full Story

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