“Agents’ Visit Chills UMass Dartmouth Senior.” By Aaron Nicodemus. The Standard-Times
[UPDATE 12/24/2005: This story is a hoax. The student confessed that he had made up the story. What’s disturbing here is that it was so believable in this time of domestic spying, USAPA, and paranoia reminiscent of the 1950s red scare. jrj]
[UPDATE 12/20/2005: There is debate on whether or not this story is a hoax. Boingboing.net is tracking the story.]
This one is making the rounds of several library listservs, but has not been picked up by any major media that I can tell. Evidently, the FBI visited a UMass Dartmouth student after he requested Mao Tse-Tung’s book, “The Little Red Book” via interlibrary loan. The story does not say whether the FBI agents were acting under USAPA powers or perhaps via the NSA’s new domestic spying program authorized by President Bush. (Note: this NYT article may require registration. If so, try Bugmenot for anonymous user names/passwords)
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 student, who was completing a research paper on Communism for Professor Pontbriand’s class on fascism and totalitarianism, filled out a form for the request, leaving his name, address, phone number and Social Security number. He was later visited at his parents’ home in New Bedford by two agents of the Department of Homeland Security, the professors said.