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Guantanamo Detainee Has "Gangnam Style" Knowledge

A supposed al-Qaida member at Gitmo has extensive pop culture knowledge.



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    FILE - In this May 13, 2009 file photo reviewed by the U.S. military, the sun rises over the Guantanamo detention facility at dawn, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. Inside the wire, an Afghan man has learned much about American pop culture.

    Messages to Howard Stern, an affinity for "Gangnam Style," and telling guards to "chillax."

    The letters of Mohammed Rahim al-Afghani -- an Afghan man held in Camp 7 at Guantanamo Bay with prisoners the U.S. government say are dangerous Jihadists -- show a surprising pop-culture acumen for someone without Internet access and restricted contact with the outside world, according to the Associated Press.

    Rahim has been in Guantanamo for five years. He is accused of helping Osama bin Laden elude capture, the news agency reported. His lawyer, Carlos Warner, has released letters from his client that revealed references to pop singer PSY, Howard Stern, and Fox News, the news agency reported.

    "I like this new song Gangnam Style," Rahim, who is multi-lingual, wrote his lawyer. "I want to do the dance for you but I cannot because of my shackles."

    In another, he tells his lawyer to tell the prison guards to "chillax."

    Rahim is 47 and has never been to the United States, the AP reported. It is likely that he learned about such pop culture icons and about the Fox News' slogan "Fair and Balanced" via newspapers and magazines like Rolling Stone and The Economist, the news agency reported.

    Rahim's family say that he served as an interpreter, but the government -- which is not releasing the full charges against him -- say that he worked for al-Qaida.