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Tuesday
Jul302013

Detainees at Secretive Guantanamo Camp Read 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- High-value detainees at Guantanamo Bay's secretive Camp Seven enjoy the Fifty Shades of Grey series of novels, according to a congressman who recently toured the base.

The Huffington Post quoted Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) who recently received a tour of the secret camp from military officials as part of a congressional delegation. Moran said, "Rather than the Quran, the book that is requested most by the [high-value detainees] is Fifty Shades of Grey."

Moran was joined on the tour by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Reps. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and former Pentagon Chief of Detainee Policy William Lietzau.

The tour was led by the commander of the base, the deputy commander, the head medical official and the officer in charge of Camp Seven.

According to the Huffington Post, Moran said that the conditions in Camp Seven are comparable to maximum security federal prisons. However, military officials do not publicly acknowledge the existence of Camp Seven.

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Wednesday
May302012

Florida County Library Lifts Ban on "Fifty Shades of Grey"

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Florida county’s public library system has lifted its ban on the controversial erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Brevard County Library System had pulled copies of the racy tome, and the two subsequent books in the trilogy, from its shelves earlier this month.

In a March 4 interview with The Palm Beach Post, Cathy Schweinsberg, the library services director, said the book did not meet the system’s selection criteria.

“Nobody asked us to take it off the shelves,” she said.  “But we bought some copies before we realized what it was.  We looked at it, because it’s been called ‘mommy porn’ and ‘soft porn.’  We don’t collect porn.”

But in a statement released Monday, the library system said it would immediately restock its 19 copies of the books in the trilogy in response to public demand.

“Earlier this month, a decision was made to pull Fifty Shades of Grey from our libraries as a result of published reviews and our own initial analysis of the book and its controversial content.  Since then, we have begun a review of our selection criteria and that review continues even as the decision has been made to supply the book in response to requests by county residents,” the statement read.

“We have always stood against censorship,” Schweinsberg said in the statement.  “We have a long history of standing against censorship and that continues to be a priority for this library system.”

Fifty Shades of Grey is the first in a best-selling trilogy by British author E.L. James.  The books focus on the relationship between protagonists Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, and explicitly detail the pair’s sadomasochistic sexual encounters.

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