Saturday, December 17, 2005

Feds Visit Dartmouth Student after Request For Book

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The Standard Times NEW BEDFORD -- A senior at UMass Dartmouth was visited by federal agents two months ago, after he requested a copy of Mao Tse-Tung's tome on Communism called "The Little Red Book."

Two history professors at UMass Dartmouth, Brian Glyn Williams and Robert Pontbriand, said the student told them he requested the book through the UMass Dartmouth library's interlibrary loan program...

The professors said the student was told by the agents that the book is on a "watch list," and that his background, which included significant time abroad, triggered them to investigate the student further.
"I tell my students to go to the direct source, and so he asked for the official Peking version of the book," Professor Pontbriand said. "Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring inter-library loans, because that's what triggered the visit, as I understand it."
What could possibly be in that book? I'm pretty sure it doesn't contain info on how to make bomb vests or IEDs. Could our govt still be afraid of an ideology? I'm going to request a copy through interlibrary loan asap! I can't wait to see what if anything happens.


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