Monday, December 19, 2005

The Logical Result Of Domestic Spying

President Bush approved domestic spying, the Pentagon has seen it's intelligence authority widen to include spying on US citizens, and the result is predictable.

The anti-intellectual forces are again making waves. People who are curious, people exploring ideas and studying history end up being investigated by US agents.

NEW BEDFORD -- 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.

It does make one wonder how many people have been visited, and not spoken out, how many don't even know they have been spied on. It has taken only 5 years to place all the tools of repression in place in this country. You have to ask how many years it will be till the Government feels they have to start to use these tools to repress dissent, and we do become a police state.



Gert said...

Incredible story... Or isn't it?

May the Lawd have mercy on us all. We'll need it...

John McAdams said...

There is plenty of reason to doubt that this story is in fact true.

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