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Gitmo: '50 Shades' Is Most Popular Book Among Inmates, Lawmaker Says

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 05:14 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Gitmo's detainees love the "Fifty Shades of Grey" book series.

The revelation was made by Virginian Democratic Congressman Jim Moran, who recently completed a congressional delegation tour of the detention center at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

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"Rather than the Quran, the book that is requested most by the [high-value detainees] is 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' They've read the entire series in English, but we were willing to translate it," Moran, who advocates for closing the facility, told the Huffington Post. "I guess there's not much going on, these guys are going nowhere, so what the hell."

Moran, who was joined on the tour by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Reps. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), was informed of the reading interests of the high-value detainees by military officials, the Huffington Post reported.

When asked about Moran's admission, military officials reportedly refused to answer any questions about the detention center's Camp Seven, the site of the tour, where some of the most high-value detainees are kept.

"We don't discuss our high-value detainees except in the most generic terms," Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale told the Huffington Post. "Further, we do not discuss the assertions made by members of Congress."

The detainee library at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center contains numerous DVDs and books, however, media that contains sexually explicit materials is usually screened.

Moran, who visited Guantanamo in 2006, said the detention center appeared more organized on his most recent trip.

"In 2006, I didn't get the sense they had their act together like they do now," Moran said. "[Now] they anticipate every question that's going to be asked, the facilities look fairly clean, they're ready to show you everything that's been discussed outside the prison in terms of force-feeding, isolated confinement versus communal living, etc., and we were able to see the communal living.

"I was within a foot or two or three of the prisoners in the communal setting," Moran added, "but of course those are the well-behaved ones."

As for the closing of the detention center, Moran told the Huffington Post that President Barack Obama, who campaigned on closing the facility in 2008, has the bully pulpit necessary to convince Americans of the need to close Guantanamo.

"I think the president is on the right page, he's of the right mind, but I don't think he's willing to do what would needed to be done," Moran said. "I'm not sure I understand why, because he's not going to be up for re-election, and I do think this would be something that would matter because it certainly mattered to him when he was running."

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