Noam's Chomsky's anthology of post-Sept. 11 commentary is taboo at Guantánamo's prison library

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GUANTÁNAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — Noam Chomsky may be among America’s most enduring anti-war activists.

But the leftist intellectual’s anthology of post-Sept. 11 commentary is taboo at Guantánamo’s prison library, which offers books and videos on Harry Potter, World Cup soccer and Islam.

U.S. military censors recently rejected a Pentagon lawyer’s donation of an Arabic-language copy of the linguistic professor’s 2007 anthology “Interventions” for the library, which has more than 16,000 items.

Chomsky, 80, who has been voicing disgust with U.S. foreign policy since the Vietnam War, reacted with irritation and derision.

“This happens sometimes in totalitarian regimes,” he told The Miami Herald by e-mail.

AP wire services