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Seeking a sense of purpose, FBI informant decides to tell all
Seeking a sense of purpose, FBI informant decides to tell all

Emad Salem struggled to keep the alibis, aliases and lies straight. He grew a beard; he shaved. He gained weight; he dieted. Plastic surgery reconfigured his looks. Fearful that the Islamic terrorists he helped put behind bars wanted him dead, Salem carried concealed firearms and wore Kevlar vests. He kept a packed suitcase, ready to bolt into another life in another town. In the car, he kept a nervous eye on the rearview mirror and paused before turning the ignition, scared that the car might explode. Once late at night, he says, he mistook his son for an intruder and nearly shot him. Two decades have passed since Salem went deep undercover for the FBI and infiltrated the terrorist cell...

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