For a long time, the hottest thing in circulation at the Guantanamo Bay library was the Harry Potter series. But they’re old hat now, replaced by something much, much better–all six seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, recently ordered by the Gitmo librarian only known as Milton. Cooperative captives are allowed to watch the show communally without much restriction, while maximum security captives are only permitted an hour with the TV alone. Besides being used for entertainment and easing tensions between inmates and guards, the show, and much of the library’s collection of books–ranging from Obama’s Audacity of Hope to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy–help inmates learn English.
Speaking of Obama, didn’t he say something about closing Guantanamo when we elected him the first time?