Prisons ban religious books over terror fear

Inmates sue over national effort that takes aim at Islamic radicalism

By LARRY NEUMEISTER
Associated Press

June 11, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post

NEW YORK — Inmates at the federal prison camp in Otisville, N.Y., were stunned by what they saw at the chapel library on Memorial Day — hundreds of books had disappeared from the shelves.

The removal of the books is occurring nationwide, part of a long-delayed, post-Sept. 11 directive intended to prevent radical religious texts, specifically Islamic ones, from falling into the hands of violent inmates.

Three inmates at Otisville filed a lawsuit over the policy, saying their constitutional rights were violated.

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