Sami al-Hajj has been released from the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay.
The US refuses to declare that they freed Al-hajj, instead they say he has been transferred into the Sudanese government's custody.
The Sudanese government deny that he was transferred to them and say he is a free man.
Al-Hajj, who had been on a hunger strike (and force fed) since January 7, 2007, has hit out at the US from his hospital bed in the Sudan.
"I'm very happy to be in Sudan, but I'm very sad because of the situation of our brothers who remain in Guantanamo. Conditions in Guantanamo are very, very bad and they get worse by the day.
Our human condition, our human dignity was violated, and the American administration went beyond all human values, all moral values, all religious values.
In Guantanamo ... rats are treated with more humanity. But we have people from more than 50 countries that are completely deprived of all rights and privileges.
And they will not give them the rights that they give animals."
There are 275 detainees being held in Guantanamo. This number does not reflect the detainees that are being held in the US's secret prisons.
Al-Hajj was held for six and a half years by the US. He was held without charge and was never afforded a civil trial.
A lawyer for 17 detainees at Guantanamo Bay, David Remes, told Al-Jazzera that Al-Hajj's captivity displays "an element of racism" and that his treatment "was more horrific than most."
Remes added that "(t)he Europeans would never receive this treatment." All detainees who hold European citizenship have been returned to their respective countries.
Guantanamo is a horrific story of inhumane brutality and it angers me to see how absent it is in the arrogant discourse that is American campaign politics (U.S. Congress. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., is the exception among politicians in the Al-Hajj case).
Neither Obama or Clinton have taken stands on the future of Guantanamo. In the meantime the Bush administration is working hard to hide their complicity.
Al-Hajj was never prosecuted and the US has never made the charges it holds against him public. Lawyers who have read the charges said that the US has nothing to prove beyond the fact that Al-Hajj was a cameraman working for Al-Jazeera, with a legitimate visa, when he was captured by Pakistani forces in 2001.
Al-Hajj lost six and a half years of his life and Bush is thinking about his legacy. Those of us who care about human rights and the dignity to live freely everywhere must continue to call for Bush and company to be brought to book over Guantanamo and more.
Obama, Clinton, and McCain, should be judged on their lack of principled commitment to uncover the lies and violent deceit that has characterized the US's "war on terror".
It is too late for the US electorate to act like obedient consumers.
For more information see Prisoner 345: Campaign to Free Sami al-Hajj.
Also, see Clive Staffords Smith's book "Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and Secret Prisons".
***Update(Tuesday May 6)***
Sami al-Hajj says that the US wanted him to spy for them. "They wanted me to betray the principles of my job and to turn me into a spy," he said.
A US official claims that Al-Hajj is faked his poor health on arrival in Sudan. The official labelled Al-Hajj a "manipulator and a propagandist".