Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Patriot Act - Fix, then Pass

And for all those ya-hoos who argue that the Patriot Act has NOT infringed on anyone's civil liberties, and is only a tool to be used against suspected terrorists, I submit:

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.

And how about the fact that we're on track for 30,000 National Security Letters (NSL) per year - and counting! Again - credit to Kip for the great work he's done in highlighting this odiousness.

I have an idea - let's FIX the Patriot Act BEFORE we pass it, eh?


Blogger John McAdams said...

The business about the Mass. student getting visited by DHS agents appears to be a hoax:

More on Apparent Hoax: Homeland Security Agents Visited Student Who Ordered “Little Red Book”

9:33 PM  

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