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Stamping CLASSIFIED on Dreams from My Father


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.

Via Digby who is awesome and who I think everyone should read. As he puts it:

Couple things here. First, somebody tell Republicans and skittish Democrats that there’s an Al Qaeda member in a federal prison on US soil! Let the pants-piddling begin!

Second, this has basically become shorthand for any violations of civil liberties, or as we see here, basically anything, in the modern age. Just cite national security to give your actions the patina of importance. There’s no justification for the theory that someone confined to a solitary cell 23 hours a day can gain valuable insight to carry out attacks on the nation from a memoir written in 1996 and a campaign-era collection of policy papers.

Joy of Jihad is the alternate title for The Audacity of Hope

"Joy of Jihad" is the alternate title for "The Audacity of Hope"


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