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China May Be Terror Threat

Sunday, December 18, 2005

(SNN New Bedford) A student at Dartmouth was visited recently by federal agents. The student's infraction was more training book through interlibrary loan.

He was taking a class on totalitarianism and fascism.

The book is entitled "The Little Red Book", and is a collection of sayings by Chinese leader Mao Zedong. The student requested the book because he was taking a class on totalitarianism and fascism. But little did he know, he was about to get a lesson in totalitarianism and fascism himself.

The student was visited by two federal agents, they told him that the book was on a watch list. Homeland security had been monitoring books requested by interlibrary loan. Apparently, they believe that disheartened terrorists may actively pursued communism as a viable alternative.

Mao Zedong is completely harmless.

The professor, Dr. Williams, who runs the class for which the student requested the book says that he encourages students to go directly to the source rather than regurgitating the opinions of someone else who's written on the subject. However, he says he will never make that mistake again. However, he still seem dismissive at the threat that communist countries pose to our democratic society. He even went as far as say, "Mao Zedong is completely harmless."

We can only hope that this watchlist does not extend to other products come from China. Otherwise, we might as well expect to be questioned every time we shop at Wal-Mart.

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