December 24, 2005


The UMass Dartmouth student who had claimed he was visited by Homeland Security agents after an ILL request for Mao's Little Red Book has now confessed to making up the story.

I don't usually fall for urban legends and hoaxes, but there's a first (or nth) time for everything. And I suppose that, after all the undocumented claims about outrages on campuses from other POVs, it's time that a hoax catered to civil-liberties fears. But I was wrong not to note earlier that it was alleged, and kudos to those (including Gary McGath) who were more cautious.

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Posted in Academic freedom on December 24, 2005 9:14 AM |