Hermits Rock

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Rachel Morris’ cover story for the Columbia Journalism Review, about Sami al-Haj, a Sudanese cameraman for Al Jazeera who was picked up in Pakistan and turned over to the Americans and who has been languishing in Guantánamo Bay for five years, makes the fact that Guantánamo Bay is an attempt by the Bush administration to circumvent justice painfully clear. It also reads like having a sack full of rocks on your chest and knowing, as you gasp for breath, that the woman who filled that sack filled it as well as could be.