Agents’ visit chills UMass Dartmouth senior: BoingBoing updates

12/21/05
There’s been much debate online in recent days about the veracity of this story in a Massachussetts newspaper.

According to the article by Standard-Times reporter Aaron Nicodemus, a student at the University of Massachussetts was visited at his parent’s home by Homeland Security agents after he requested a collection of Mao Tse-Tung quotes known as “The Little Red Book” via interlibrary loan.

Many questioned whether all of the facts in the story added up. Questions remain — is the assertion that DHS visited the student confirmed as fact? If so, how did DHS obtain the book loan request data? — but here are some reactions from librarians and university officials close to the story. If all of the facts reported are confirmed, as the reporter maintains, it is indeed a troubling story.

12/22/05
Here’s the original Boing Boing post, and here’s yesterday’s batch of update links.

Today, Boing Boing reader Gary McGath, a software engineer with the Harvard University Library, writes:

Just to add more confusion to the situation of Homeland Security and the unidentified UMass Dartmouth student: in a reader comment on a previous BB post, Jessamyn West reported that the Mao book “was from a library in nearby Providence.” But SouthCoastToday is now saying it came from UMass Amherst — Link.

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