Al-Jazeera showed footage of Mr Hajj being carried into the hospital on a stretcher, looking frail but smiling and surrounded by well-wishers.I'm disgusted how little coverage this is getting.
"We are concerned about the way the Americans dealt with Sami, and we are concerned about the way they could deal with others as well," said Wadah Khanfar, managing director of al-Jazeera's Arabic service.
There was no immediate US comment.
Human rights groups condemned Mr Hajj's imprisonment.
"His detention for six years, without the most basic due process, is a grave injustice and represents a threat to all journalists working in conflict areas," said Joel Simon, executive director of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.
Mr Hajj was working as a cameraman for al-Jazeera when he was arrested by Pakistani troops near the Afghan border in December 2001 and later handed over to the US military.
On KPFA radio, they were reporting that Sami al-Hajj is suffering intestinal infections, and host of other illnesses. Needless to say, some of this could be related to his being fed by a tube during the last 16 months of his imprisonment, but do they not have medics in prisons?
Let's see how much of the torture is sanitized for our viewing, if this even makes the news tonight. He's apparently suffering paranoia, as well. Seven years, no charges, no habeas corpus. But he's got slew of physical illnesses, and mental illness, and seven years gone from his life, as a souvenir.