December 17, 2005

Write a paper and get an FBI visit?

A University of Massachusetts student was interviewd by the FBI for suspicious behavior after he requested a copy of Mao's Little Red Book through Interlibrary Loan for a paper he was finishing. Not only is this an interference in legitimate college activities, it's an utter waste of FBI time.

Update: As Ralph Luker notes, the agents in question were from the Department of Homeland Security, not the FBI. See also today's Inside Higher Ed article.

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Posted in Academic freedom on December 17, 2005 4:22 PM |