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They Were Terrorists, But How Could You Have Been Sure?

August 1, 2002 | Christine H. Long
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It could have been any hotel, such as the Park Inn or the Days Hotel in Boston, the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, or the Comfort Inn in South Portland, Maine. But it just happened to be your hotel. It was your desk clerks who witnessed men of Middle Eastern descent, without luggage, who asked for a room and paid with cash. One sought the company of a lady who looked like a prostitute. Another went into your bar and had a minor altercation with a waitress. You learned that a thick wad of cash was pulled from his pocket and a $50 bill was left as payment.

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