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18 December 2005 @ 06:20 pm
Remember the library reading list controversy?  
Here's what comes of the government having access to our reading list and our inter-library loan requests:


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."

Thanks to gorillashaman for posting this link!

If we don't speak up about these erosions of our liberties, we can expect to lose a whole lot more. As I write Bush and his sycophant Condoleeza Rice are busy trying to justify wiretapping Americans with no judicial oversight, ie. the court order they are supposed to get by law. Oh, Condi says, they have lots o' lawyers checking these cases out so it's all ok. But, she kept saying, "I'm not a lawyer." Ok Condi, so stop talking about how ok it is legally then. You don't have a clue!

Throughout her interview by Tim Russert she kept invoking 9/11 and our safety, and several times implied that this is not affecting American citizens but rather foreigners on our soil. Somehow I doubt that will turn out to be the case, just as the Patriot Act was supposed to only affect suspected terrorists (who we imagine are foreign) and not college boys trying to gather sources for a paper.

There is no safety in this world. Something is going to kill you sooner or later. So while you're here, how much freedom would you like to live with? Be sure to tell your representatives while there's still time!
Sir Ted of Teddingtoneastbayted on December 19th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
Wow. I wish I could say that story is absolutely unbelievable, but it's really not, given what's happened in the U.S. over the past few years. Yuck.
Tapatitapati on December 19th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
I'd like to shove this story down the throats of all the conservative fucks who've been saying that the Patriot Act would never affect people "like us" meaning of course white Americans. This can affect anyone who orders the "wrong" book!

I suggest we all request some communist or other subversive sounding literature through inter-library loans. If we all do it there won't be enough agents to keep up with these pointless visits.
Sir Ted of Teddingtoneastbayted on December 19th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
I ended up stealing that link and posting it in my LJ. I posed the question of what the NRA would do if the Feds visited someone someone with a history of international travel who just bought a gun. They'd lose their freaking minds and yell, "Foul! Invasion of privacy!" -- and rightly so.
Tapatitapati on December 19th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
My hope is that this wiretapping issue is so far over the line that it will wake some people up. It's a pretty clear violation of law, after all, no matter what Condi says about the president using his rightful authority.