Friday, July 10, 2009

Prisoner forbidden to read two Obama books because of "National Security threat"

Here:

"McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The federal government's most secure prison has determined that two books written by President Barack Obama contain material "potentially detrimental to national security" and rejected an inmate's request to read them. [...]

Prison officials cite specific pages — but not specific passages — in the books that they deem objectionable. They include one page in Obama's 1995 book, "Dreams from My Father," and 22 separate pages in his policy-oriented 2006 book, "The Audacity of Hope." It was not immediately obvious what passages might have been deemed problematic, though nearly half of the pages cited are in a chapter devoted to foreign affairs."

Besides the irony that two books authored by the current President of the United States constitute a threat to national security in the wrong hands, I think that the FBI, if it has a collective brain cell in its head, should be aware that the train has probably already left the station on this one.

The nefarious agents of Al Qaeda don't need a prison administration to get a hold of these books; they can walk down to the local grocery store and get them, or go to a chain bookstore, or order them from Amazon.com, or Amazon.co.uk, or wherever they're located. I don't think that Al Qaeda right now is saying "Curses! We cannot get our hands on this information, getting it to the Supermax prisoner was our only hope!"

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