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The captives at Guantanamo Bay may be stuck there indefinitely, but the librarian has their back.

From today's Miami Herald:

Harry Potter books are passé among the prisoners. The adventures of the boy wizard have been supplanted by early episodes of Will Smith's 1990s TV comedy, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as a popular way to pass time among the 168 captives now in their second decade of U.S. detention.

"I just ordered all six seasons," says librarian Milton, a Defense Department contractor who gives only his first name to visiting journalists."

Most prisoners can watch the show communally "pretty much around the clock. ... A maximum security captive, who represents about 15 percent of the population, can watch the show alone for perhaps an hour or two a day."

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