An American Muslim Faces the Heat

Patrice Lumumba Ford was a model student. Was he also a budding terrorist?

After former president George Bush delivered a speech in China in 1998, a bright young American student stood up to ask a question. Why, Patrice Lumumba Ford wanted to know, had charges against Oliver North concerning the Iran-contra scandal been dropped during Bush's term in office nearly a decade earlier? Bush was taken aback by the directness of the question, according to several people present at the Johns Hopkins Nanjing Center.

Four years later, Ford, now 31, is entangled with another Bush. This time it's George W., whose Administration arrested Ford on Oct. 4, claiming that he was part of a...

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