12/21/2005

Marquette Warrior: Apparently Bogus: Homeland Security Visited Student Who Ordered Mao’s “Little Red Book”

Hmm... At least 2 blogs, this one and one I usually trust - Derek Rose Blog - saying the story has holes... Maybe it is really bogus -- law

If this is true, we are less chilled by it than appalled at the stupidity.

But there are substantial doubts that it is true.

In the first place, the reporter who wrote the story did not talk to the student in question. He claims to know the student’s name, but admits of the student “He has not spoken to The Standard-Times.”

In the second place, it turns out that the library at the University of Massachusetts -- Dartmouth doesn’t ask for social security numbers on its Interlibrary Loan Forms. Further, the library insists that it would not routinely allow federal agents to gather this sort of information. It’s true that Federal agents can force libraries to reveal such information, but libraries (and least not the ones in the University of Massachusetts system) don’t volunteer lists of book requests to be checked against some “watch list.”

Which brings us to another problem. According to Jamie Zuieback, a spokesperson for United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (the largest investigative agency in the Office of Homeland Security) there is no such thing as a book “watch list".

[as if Bush employees at HS had any credibility!

I am still thinking this is bogus because of having MA schools giving away book info and SS numbers sounds really off, but her assurances are as good as the Pentagon general who lied today about not wiretapping local calls, only to confess to doing it "by accident" less than 24 hours later -- law


Marquette Warrior: Apparently Bogus: Homeland Security Visited Student Who Ordered Mao’s “Little Red Book”

1 Comments:

Blogger John McAdams said...

This story has now been admitted to be a hoax:

Student Admits Hoax in Claim That Federal Agents Visited Him in Wake of Mao Book Request

12/28/2005 07:19:00 PM  

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