Tuesday, September 11, 2007

CENSORSHIP: The Standardized Chapel Library Project

Harrison Scott Key of WorldMag Blog makes us aware of the linked report which announces ...
Behind the walls of federal prisons nationwide, chaplains have been quietly carrying out a systematic purge of religious books and materials that were once available to prisoners in chapel libraries. [NYT]
I would expect to read this in the China Daily not in an American paper.
Traci Billingsley, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Prisons, said the agency was acting in response to a 2004 report by the Office of the Inspector General in the Justice Department. The report recommended steps that prisons should take, in light of the Sept. 11 attacks, to avoid becoming recruiting grounds for militant Islamic and other religious groups. The bureau, an agency of the Justice Department, defended its effort, which it calls the Standardized Chapel Library Project, as a way of barring access to materials that could, in its words, “discriminate, disparage, advocate violence or radicalize.” [WMB]
Key gives us a link to follow to see the banned books list (sounds more like Nazi Germany than the USA) ... my question: who makes the decision?

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