Terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay prison like to read "Fifty Shades of Grey," according to a congressman.
I realize there have been allegations of torture when it comes to these inmates, but letting them read "Fifty Shades of Grey?" That has to represent a new low.
The erotic trilogy is one of the most popular library books among the "high-value detainees" at Camp Seven, Rep. Jim Moran, a Virginia Democrat, told the Huffington Post. That part of camp is reportedly where the "high value" suspects are kept.
"They've read the entire series in English, but we were willing to translate it," Moran said, after returning from a congressional tour of the U.S. Navy base in Cuba. "I guess there's not much going on, these guys are going nowhere, so what the hell."
This just doesn't seem like a good idea all around. Especially when some politician starts talking about it.
According to USA Today, Guantanamo officials have said that erotic content is censored before books or magazines circulate. No word on how "50 Shades" is affected by this.
Camp Seven, which is off-limits to journalists, has been compared to a super-maximum federal prison, according to the newspaper. The Pentagon doesn't offer details about the facility or its prisoners.
There are reports saying there are 15 or 16 "high value detainees" at Camp Seven, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the purported planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"We don't discuss our high-value detainees except in the most generic terms. Further, we do not discuss the assertions made by members of Congress," a prison camp spokesman said.
The "Fifty Shades" series has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. The movie is set for release in August 2014.
According to USA Today, Moran was joined on his tour last week by three fellow Virginians: Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, and Reps. Frank Wolf, a Republican, and Gerry Connolly, a Democrat. They were also accompanied by the Pentagon's chief of detainee policy.
Reuters has reported that the lending library that provide books, magazines and movies to the 166 prisoners still at the base's several camps includes "Star Trek" novels, Agatha Christie mysteries, stress-reduction workbooks, the Greek classic "The Odyssey," and "The Hunger Games," the book and the movie.