Monday, October 12, 2009

Don't Look, Don't Look!

A Pentagon defense lawyer sent a copy of Noam Chomsky’s book “Interventions” to a Guantanamo prisoner, a confessed member of al Qaida. The book was rejected by the military with no reason given.


A rejection slip accompanying the Chomsky book did not explain the reason but listed categories of restricted literature to include those espousing "Anti-American, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Western'' ideology, literature on "military topics,'' and works that portray "excessive graphic violence'' and "sexual dysfunctions.''

What were the military censors afraid of? That a Guantanamo prisoner might begin to suspect that there is something wrong with U.S. foreign policy? I try to imagine the narrow mind-set behind this kind of attitude and it is all too easy to do because we are all immersed in it all the time. It’s difficult not to step in the dog shit when you aren’t watching your step yet that is the protocol for being a good patriotic American.


At October 12, 2009 11:52 AM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

They may also be concerned they'd share the book with the jailers, who aren't necessarily uniformly enthusiastic about their assignment.

At October 12, 2009 12:55 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

That seems quite likely to me too.


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