update re: ILL/Mao/DHS

Two stories in Southcoast Today [also in print in the Standard Times] following up on the Homeland Security/ILL report from yesterday. ‘Little Red Book’ story gets wide publicity , an article reporting on the publicity and with several statements from additional folks involved, most notably Homeland Security officials calling the scenario described “unlikely”. Also UMass Dartmouth statement on “Little Red Book” denying that they passed on any confidential information to agents or anyone else. [thanks aaron]

4 Responses to “update re: ILL/Mao/DHS”

  1. Ken Says:

    ::When asked whether federal agents requested information on a student’s inter-library loan request, Mr. Blaguszewski [ a spokesman for UMass Amherst]said that under the Patriot Act, the university “is not allowed to discuss whether federal agents have visited or requested information.” :: [from the first story]

    That isn’t quite true, of course: it’s only illegal to discuss it if they have come to visit, as you have previously pointed out. It is interesting that one UMass spokesperson said they can’t discuss it and that another specifically denied that such a conversation had taken place (in the second story).

    What is most curious to me is that DHS says that such actions are “unlikely” — what, they don’t know for sure?

  2. NTodd Says:

    Yup, a hoax.

  3. j's scratchpad Says:

    Request for Book on Communism Leads to Federal Agents’ Visit

    I’m not sure which part of this news article is creepier: that a student requesting a copy of Mao Tse-Tung’s

  4. scratchpad jr. (2nd import) » Request for Book on Communism Leads to Federal Agents’ Visit Says:

    [...] – December 21, 2005 @ 12:13 am · Filed under Librarianship I’m not sure which part of this news article is creepier: that a student requesting a copy of Mao Tse-Tung’s "The Little Red Book” gets a surprise visit from Homeland Security agents or that things professors ask us to read in college could haunt us in later years. Addenda 1/1/06: A follow-up newstory claims the student lied about the visit of federal agents. It seems to have never happened. (Thanks for the link, Amy!) 1/3/06: I’ve noticed several follow-up links to this story, including one at LISNews mentioning a similar situation at another university that also seems to be untrue. 1/11/06: Jessamyn has more on the falsehoods, including some good links. [...]