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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is Guantanamo Prisoners' New Favorite Show

Despite Barack Obama's campaign promises to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the place is still open and home to 168 detainees. So what do these suspected enemies of America do all day? Well, they watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, of course. It's overtaken Harry Potter as the most popular source of entertainment at the camp.

The tidbit comes from the Miami Herald's Guantánamo correspondent Carol Rosenberg who chatted with Milton, the man who runs the camps' library. Milton, no last name given, says Harry Potter used to be all the rage in the camp, but that fad's been over for about a year now. The latest craze is The Fresh Prince, and he's just ordered all six season on DVD.

More cooperative prisoners are allowed to watch the show pretty much whenever they want thanks to a plexiglass encased TV in each cell block. Higher level prisoners are allowed to watch TV for about an hour or two a day from the comfort of a recliner. Of course, their leg happens to be shackled to the floor.

We could point out how odd it is that men suspected of terror against America are so enthralled with one of our silly, little sitcoms, and how, maybe, just maybe, we aren't that different after or all or something, but instead we'll just do this:

Now this is the story all about how

My life got flipped, turned upside down

And I'd like to take a minute, so please don't go

I'll tell you how I became a prisoner at Guantánamo

In west Pakistan born and raised

In the market where I spent most of my days

Chilling out, hating America all cool

And all burning some flags outside of the school

When a couple of guys, they were up to no good

Started recruiting in my neighborhood

I got in one little terror cell and the US did know

And said "You're moving with the others to Guantánamo"

They put me in a cell with about seven or eight

And I yelled to the guard "Yo, death to America!"

Locked in the prison, I was finally home

To sit in my cell as the prince of Guantánamo

Yep, we just did that.

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Kyle Munzenrieder