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Sami al-Haj: From Gitmo Detainee Back to Al Jazeera as Liberties/Human Rights Advocate

Sami al-Haj has now returned to Al Jazeera, an organization he previously worked for a decade ago as a cameraman covering the then nascent war in Afghanistan. While on assignment in December 2001 he was delayed by a passport problem during a routine over land crossing into the country from Pakistan. Quickly named an 'enemy combatant' by the U.S. military, he spent the next six years and seven months in a military prison cell at Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

Drawing on his experience al-Haj is now head of liberties and human rights affairs, where his "mission is to monitor the human rights-related news and abuses and present them to TV channels." 

January 10, 2012 4:30 PM ET

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