Bitching Brew

Friday, December 23, 2005

He knows what you've been reading...

Santa Claus does. If he works for Homeland Security, that is. See the story here.

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.

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.

Still worried about reds under the bed? I mean, come on! This has nothing to do with terrorism or national security!

Be careful what you're reading, folks. I wonder what else is on that watchlist... The Feudalist Manifesto? The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, possibly. Or if Billo has his way, the New York Times.

[Via Nobody's Business.]

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  • It's interesting; I once saw a documentary on DHS, the FBI and their hilarious mistakes. One of the interviews done was with an oldish man who was a gym regular, got into an argument with his buddies over the 'War on Terror' and they reported him to the DHS. They sent agents to his house and everything.

    By Blogger dpineapple, at Fri Dec 23, 04:58:00 p.m.  

  • It's downright strange, isn't it! I guess that's what happens when you give petty people too much power without review. They're the equivalent of mall security, harassing an elderly couple for buying too slowly.

    By Blogger Martin, at Mon Dec 26, 09:13:00 p.m.  

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