- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fifty Shades of Grey, the salacious best-selling E. L. James novel often referred to as “Mommy Porn,” is the most popular reading material among Guantanamo detainees in the secretive Camp Seven, Rep. Jim Moran learned last week.

“Rather than the Quran, the book that is requested most by the [high-value detainees] is Fifty Shades of Grey. They’ve read the entire series in English, but we were willing to translate it,” the Virginia Democrat, who advocates for closing Guantanamo, told the Huffington Post. “I guess there’s not much going on, these guys are going nowhere, so what the hell.”

Military officials gave a tour of the camp that they won’t even acknowledge the existence of to the press. On the trip with Mr. Moran were Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Reps. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and William Lietzau, the Pentagon’s chief of detainee policy, who just announced he is stepping down, the Huffington Post reported.

According to The Post, the Fifty Shades anecdote came during the tour which included the commander of the base, the deputy commander of the base, the head medical official and the officer in charge of Camp Seven.

“We had everybody there, there was no dispute of that,” Mr. Moran said.

The Democrat said in a statement last week that “maintaining the detention center at Guantanamo Bay is more about politics than good policy.”

“I applaud the President’s commitment to closing this facility and will continue pursuing all legislative options that will allow for the transfer of the remaining 84 detainees who have been cleared,” he concluded.

There are believed to be 15 or 16 high-value detainees living in Camp Seven, The Post reported, but military officials wouldn’t confirm those numbers directly to the press.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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