December 19, 2005
Is the Department of Homeland Security Monitoring Interlibrary Loans? No, Its a Hoax!
Well, actually the Department may be but not this time.
From the Standard-Times, which first broke "the story."
The UMass Dartmouth student who claimed to have been visited by Homeland Security agents over his request for "The Little Red Book" by Mao Zedong has admitted to making up the entire story. The 22-year-old student tearfully admitted he made the story up to his history professor, Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, and his parents, after being confronted with the inconsistencies in his account. Had the student stuck to his original story, it might never have been proved false.
The original story ....
A senior at UMass Dartmouth was visited by agents of the Department of Homeland Security after he requested a copy of Mao Tse-Tung's "The Little Red Book" through the UMass Dartmouth library's interlibrary loan program according to two history professors at the university, Brian Glyn Williams and Robert Pontbriand. 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. Read more about this disturbing incident.
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It was a story that spread through the “reality-based” community like wildfire; a UMass Dartmouth student who said he’d been visited by agents from the Department of Homeland Security after he requested a copy of “Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung” from the library.
It was the perfect illustration of the horrors of the Bushitler Police State.
And it was completely untrue: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/12-05/12-24-05/a01lo719.htm
Posted by: David Stevens | Dec 25, 2005 10:53:41 AM
Hhmmm...When will you be issuing the retracting about the Mao story being true?
In time for his birthday, which is the 26th.
Posted by: Walter Skold | Dec 24, 2005 11:12:10 PM
This story has now been admitted to be a hoax:
Posted by: John McAdams | Dec 24, 2005 8:01:01 PM
The student has confessed that he lied.
Posted by: Al Maviva | Dec 24, 2005 7:06:36 PM
There is plenty of reason to doubt that this story is in fact true.
Posted by: John McAdams | Dec 20, 2005 8:20:30 PM