Monday, August 08, 2005

Detainees under Harry Potter's spell

Washington Times reports Harry Potter's worldwide popularity is so broad-based that it has become favorite reading for Islamic terror suspects at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

In this country we have seen some Christian groups objecting to Harry Potter. Just think what the Muslim Clerics must think about this news.
Lori, who for two years has overseen the detention center's library, said J.K. Rowling's tales about the boy wizard are on top of the request list for the camp's 520 al Qaeda and Taliban suspects, followed by Agatha Christie whodunits. "We've got a few who are kind of hooked on it. A couple have asked if they can see the movie," said Lori, a civilian contractor who asked that her last name not be publicized. Lori said she is compiling a list to provide to various lawmakers in Washington, who recently visited the prison at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of a congressional delegation investigating accusations of torture. A U.S. military investigation last month concluded that no torture has taken place since the prison opened in early 2002.

And it was just a few weeks ago that we heard stories in the MSM about a woman "torturing" a detainee by reading Harry Potter to him. Now it sounds like she was just trying to get him to like her, and answer her questions.

Michelle Malkin blogged Wonder if J.K. Rowling will get a blurb or two from the Gitmo detainees for her next book? On a serious note, as I noted in June, the Gitmo library was also stocked with Jihadi books and other radical Islamist paraphernalia, according to Erik Saar, who served as an army sergeant at Gitmo for six months and co-authored a negative, tell-all book about his experience titled "Inside the Wire." Scarborough now reports that Wahhabist literature is excluded and that "The library bans certain book categories, such as ones that deal in political thought." Awaiting ACLU lawsuit and American Library Association protest...

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