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.