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Solzhenitsyn Banned in Guantanamo?

August 25, 2013

This just in from Reprieve – a prisoner rights group in Britain:

The legal team for Shaker Aamer, a British resident who has been detained in Guantanamo without charge or trial for 11 years, attempted to deliver a copy of The Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn during a recent visit. However, Mr Aamer has now told his lawyers that he never received the book. […]


Thou shall not read books about camps while in camps.

Mr Aamer’s lawyers, from human rights charity Reprieve, often bring him books during visits—he has previously described George Orwell’s1984 as one of his favourite reads. However, Guantanamo authorities have the ability to ban any book from the prison.

Wait, the same Solzhenitsyn whom the conservative right thinks is the greatest Russian who ever lived? I’m assuming it’s been awhile since the Gulag Archipelago was banned somewhere. Either the US authorities down there have an amazing sense of humor, no understanding of irony or this is all some big mix-up.

I wonder what Solzhenitsyn would think the current state of affairs in US:

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.

Ok – maybe I do see why they banned the book.

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