Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman Speaks Out

Sitting on a couch with his right foot tucked under his left leg, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman met with TIME associate editor Jill Smolowe in his Jersey City apartment in late January. In a living room furnished only with two beige couches, some office chairs and a worn Persian rug, the 90-minute interview was interrupted repeatedly by visitors and phone calls. He talked with a mixture of fervor and good humor about himself, his religion and the U.S. government's efforts to deport him.

Q. How do you find your life here?

A. Definitely it is a life full of cruelty -- being...

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