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Why Did One Prison Ban Obama's Books?

A quick trip around Hannity's America...

Banned

President Barack Obama's books are national bestsellers, but one U.S. prison has deemed them a potential threat to national security.

The federal government's supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, is home to the likes of unabomber Ted Kaczynski and the blind sheik, Omar Abdul-Rahman — the brains behind the 1993 World Trade Center attacks.

The AP reports that in August, supermax detainee Ahmed Omar Abu Ali requested copies of the president's books. Abu Ali is convicted of helping Al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush.

His request was passed along to the FBI, which determined that one page in Obama's "Dreams From My Father" and 22 pages in "The Audacity of Hope" were "potentially detrimental to national security."

Although the bureau didn't identify specific passages, the AP press did provide us with the passages that the prison found objectionable. It's not difficult to determine which passages on those pages they wanted to keep out of Abu Ali's hands.

Take this one on the U.S. post-9/11: "I firmly believe... that since 9/11 we have played fast and loose with constitutional principles in the fight against terrorism."

And then there's this one about our inability to control the flow of immigrants on our southern border: "Immigrants are entering as a result of a porous border rather than any systematic government policy. Mexico's proximity, as well as the desperate poverty of so many of its people, suggests the possibility that border crossings cannot even be slowed much less stopped."

That is a prelude to the president's assertion that the country has no meaningful national security policy: "Our difficulties there [Iraq] don't just arise as a result of bad execution. They reflect a failure of conception. The fact is, close to five years after 9/11 and 15 years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, the United States still lacks a coherent national security policy."

Since the initial AP story was published last week, we learned that Abu Ali successfully appealed the prison's ruling and was given access to the president's books.

I'm guessing he's going to enjoy President Obama's conclusions.

Land of the "Czars"

We begin a brand-new segment that takes a look at the 30-plus Obama appointees that are known as "czars."

Since taking office, the president has skirted the Senate confirmation process and has empowered individuals to oversee major offices within the federal government, many of whom operate only under the supervision of the White House itself. In essence, a select group of unconfirmed, unvetted individuals are now at the helm of a shadow government right here in the U.S.

So without further ado, let's take a trip to the Land of the "Czars."

White House science "czar" John P. Holdren was recently pegged by FrontPage Magazine as Obama's biggest radical and upon closer look at his record, it very much supports that distinction.

Holdren has gone on record slamming the U.S. as "the meanest of wealthy countries." Of course, Holdren pays no attention at all to the fact that the U.S. is without question the most charitable nation in all the world.

Holdren is also no fan of capitalism to say the least. He's advocated cutting the average GDP per person in order to help halt global warming. In short, he believes that if you can't buy a car or pay for gasoline, you will reduce your emissions because you will drive less.

On that same topic, Holdren appears to even suggest that anybody who denies the existence of global warming is committing a crime against humanity.

So there you have it, a look at John Holdren, the White House science "czar," and he's just one of the many "czars" that are now operating within the president's shadow government.

We'll have much more from the Land of the "Czars" in the days ahead.

Hope Gets Probation

It's become an iconic part of Barack Obama's presidential campaign, but the man behind the image above was recently slapped with two years probation for vandalism after he pled guilty to the wanton destruction of property.

On Friday, artist Shepard Fairey apologized to the citizens of Boston for posting his art in unauthorized spaces.

Here's to hoping it doesn't happen again.

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