Al-Qaida inmate gets access to Obama’s books
FLORENCE, Colorado – The Bureau of Prisons says it no longer believes that two books written by President Barack Obama are unfit reading for the country’s most dangerous prisoners.
Court papers filed Thursday show that prison officials twice rejected requests by inmate Ahmed Omar Abu Ali to read “Dreams from my Father” and “The Audacity of Hope.”
The books contained material “potentially detrimental to national security,” prison officials said in two separate rejections from August and September.
On Friday, bureau spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said the bureau reversed course in November and let him read the books.
Abu Ali is serving 30 years in the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colo., for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush.
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