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‘Supermax’ Prohibits Obama’s Books

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Supermax prison: Obama’s books objectionable

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press Writer – Friday, July 10

McLEAN, Va. – 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.

Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is serving a 30-year sentence at the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colo., for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush. Last year, Abu Ali requested two books written by Obama: "Dreams from My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope."

But prison officials, citing guidance from the FBI, determined that passages in both books contain information that could damage national security

The documents detailing the prison’s rejection of Obama’s books are included in court papers for a resentencing hearing scheduled later this month for Abu Ali, a U.S. citizen…

Abu Ali requested the books in August, before Obama was elected. In a short, handwritten note on a prison complaint form, Abu Ali argues that the two rejections "violate my 1st amend. rights." …

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

Mind you, this isn’t a case like when Soviet Union prohibited inmates from reading Angela Davis’ screed.

That was because they were concerned her description of her (lavish) US prison cell would make their own look terrible by comparison.

No, the prison authorities deemed Mr. Obama’s foreign policies ideas to be too dangerous to be read by anyone who might be crazy enough to actually act upon them.

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.

This should tell us all we need to know about Mr. Obama.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “‘Supermax’ Prohibits Obama’s Books”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Why turn a hardened terrorist into a zealot terrorist.

    After two chapters of the bullshiite barry had someone ghost write for him, the terrorist would want to rip his heart out of his own chest. It has that effect on some mudslimes. Makes water boarding look like an Olympic sport!!

  2. Right of the People says:

    First, is Mr. Abu Ali an American citizen? Somehow I don’t think so, so in that case as far as I’m concerned he doesn’t have any 1st amendment rights. In fact, I believe that once someone is convicted, until they have done their time (ALL OF IT!) they should be stripped of any and all rights under our constitution. That’s just the way I roll.

    Second, this just goes to show they aren’t keeping these prisoners occupied if they have time to read Lord Oblah-blah’s bovine excrement that he had ghostwritten for him. Scum like him should be kept busy 12 hours a day making little rocks out of big ones.

  3. Proof says:

    “violate my 1st amend. rights” …I don’t believe the First Amendment touches on what you have the right to read in prison, does it?

  4. wardmama4 says:

    Actually Proof I don’t think that the words read or prison are in the 1st Amendment at all – and it only deals with Controlling Congress from abridging American citizens rights to religion, free press, free speech and to peacefully assemble and petition the government. [Oops, I also don’t see anything about separation of church and state in there either].

  5. canary says:

    Obama’s books too violent for prisons, but suited for children’s schools. I guess it’s Obama’s statement that he was personally willing to take up arms and hunt down every terrorist. ! But, it’s bad for a Republican to hunt a moose.

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