Followup: The DHS Doesn’t Mind the Little Red Book

December 24th, 2005  |  Published in old and busted  |  2 Comments

Followup: This item definitively lays to rest the “DHS hassles student for checking out ‘The Little Red Book’” story.

Student’s tall tale revealed – The Boston Globe:

> It rocketed across the Internet a week ago, a startling newspaper report that agents from the US Department of Homeland Security had visited a student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth at his New Bedford home simply because he had tried to borrow Mao Tse-Tung’s ”Little Red Book” for a history seminar on totalitarian goverments.

> The story, first reported in last Saturday’s New Bedford Standard-Times, was picked up by other news organizations, prompted diatribes on left-wing and right-wing blogs, and even turned up in an op-ed piece written by Senator Edward M. Kennedy in the Globe.

> But yesterday, the student confessed that he had made it up after being confronted by the professor who had repeated the story to a Standard-Times reporter.

*sigh*

Yep, I posted a diatribe. I was a don’t-bee.

I guess the DHS is benign after all.

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