Re: Resistance and speaking out

Date: Sat Jan 29 2005 - 15:45:14 PST

Alexander Cockburn (COUNTERPUNCH, 1-26-05)

The CIA's New Spies on Campus

After disclosure of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's effort to set a
new and spectacularly unaccountable version of the CIA in the Pentagon,
the sprouting forest of secret intelligence operations set up in the
wake of 9/11 is at last coming under some scrutiny. Here's sinister one
in the academic field that one that that had escaped scrutiny until this

Dr David Price, of St Martins College, in Olympia, Washington is an
anthropologist long interested in the intersections of his discipline
with the world of intelligence and national security, both the CIA and
the FBI. CounterPunchers know Price's work well. Now he's turned the
spotlight on a new test program, operating without detection or protest,
that is secretly placing CIA agents in American university classrooms.

With time these students who cannot admit to their true intentions will
inevitably pollute and discredit the universities in which they are now
enrolled. Subscribers to our CounterPunch newsletter are now receiving
the edition with Price's full investigation. Herewith a brief resume of
his expose.

Even before 9/11 government money was being sluiced into the academies
for covert subsidies for students. The National Security Education
Program (NSEP) siphoned off students from traditional foreign language
funding programs and offered graduate students good money, sometimes
$40,000 a year and up, to study "in demand" languages, but with pay-back
stipulations mandating that recipients later work for unspecified U.S.
national security agencies.

When the NSEP got off the ground in the early 1990s there was some huff
and puff from concerned academics about this breaching of the supposed
barrier between the desires of academia and the state. But there wasn't
even a watch-pup's yap about Congressional approval for section 318 of
the 2004 Intelligence Authorization Act which appropriated four million
dollars to fund a pilot program known as the Pat Roberts Intelligence
Scholars Program (PRISP), named after Senator Pat Roberts (R. Kansas,
Chair, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence).

PRISP is designed to train intelligence operatives and analysts in
American university classrooms for careers in the CIA and other
agencies. The program now operates on an undisclosed number of American
college and university campuses. Dr Price has discovered that if the
pilot phase of the program proves to be a useful means of recruiting and
training members of the intelligence community then the program will
expand to more campuses across the country.

PRISP participants must be American citizens who are enrolled fulltime
in graduate degree programs. They need to "complete at least one summer
internship at CIA or other agencies", and they must pass the same
background investigations as other CIA employees. PRISP students receive
financial stipends ranging up to $25,000 per year and they are required
to participate in closed meetings with other PRISP scholars and
individuals from their administering intelligence agency.

 From his enquiries Dr Price has determined that less than 150 students a
year are currently authorized to receive funding during the pilot phase
as PRISP evaluates the program's initial outcomes. PRISP is apparently
administered not just by the CIA, but also through a variety of
individual intelligence agencies like the NSA, MID, or Naval Intelligence.

Secrecy is the root problem here, with the usual ill-based assumption
that good intelligence operates best in clandestine conditions. Of
course America needs good intelligence, but the most useful and
important intelligence can largely be gathered openly without the sort
of covert invasion of our campuses that PRISP silently brings.

Anyone doubting the superior merits of open intelligence has only to
study the sorry saga of the non-existent WMDs whose imagined threat in
vast stockpiles was ringingly affirmed by all the secret agencies, while
being contested by analysts unencumbered by bogus covert intelligence
estimates massaged by Iraqi disinformers and political placemen in
Langley and elsewhere.

Dr Price says, "The CIA makes sure we won't know which classrooms PRSIP
scholars attend, this being rationalized as a requirement for protecting
the identities of intelligence personnel." But this secrecy shapes PRISP
as it takes on the form of a covert operation in which PRISP students
study chemistry, biology, sociology, psychology, anthropology and
foreign languages without their fellow classmates, professors, advisors,
department chairs or presumably even research subjects (knowing that
they are working for the CIA, DIA, NSA or other intelligence agencies.

"In a decade and a half of Freedom of Information Act research," Dr
Price continues, " I have read too many FBI reports of students
detailing the 'deviant' political views of their professors." In one
instance elicited by Dr Price from files he acquired under FOIA, the FBI
arranged for a graduate student to guide topics of 'informal'
conversation with anthropologist Gene Weltfish that were later the focus
of an inquiry by Joseph McCarthy). Today, Dr Price maintains, "These
PRSIP students are also secretly compiling dossiers on their professors
and fellow students."

The confluence between academe and intelligence is long standing and
pervasive. In 1988 CIA spokeswoman Sharon Foster bragged that the CIA
then secretly employed enough university professors "to staff a large
university". Most experts estimate that this presence has grown since 2001.

But If the CIA can use PRISP to corral students, haul along to mandatory
internships and summer sessions, douse them in the ethos of CIA, then it
can surely shape their intellectual outlook even before their grasp of
cultural history develops in the relatively open environment of their

Academic environments thrive on open disagreement, dissent, and
reformulation. As Dr Price writes," The presence of PRISP's secret
sharers brings hidden agendas that sabotage fundamental academic
processes. The Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program infects all
academia with the viruses dishonesty and distrust as participant
scholars cloak their intentions and their ties to the cloaked masters
they serve."


List of members from

Air Force Institute of Technology
Alabama A&M University
Alabama State University
American Public University System
Anna Maria College
Arkansas Tech University
Army Management Staff College
Auburn University
Ball State University
Baylor University
Birmingham-Southern College
Bowdoin College
Bowling Green State University
Brigham Young University
Brown University
Butler County (PA) Community College
California State University - Sacramento
Case Western Reserve University
Central Missouri State University
Central Piedmont Community College
Chattahoochee Technical College
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Clackamas Community College
Clayton College and State University
Clemson University
Cleveland State University
College of William and Mary
Colorado State University
Columbus State Community College
Corinthian Colleges
Cuyahoga Community College
Delaware State University
DePaul University
Desert Research Institute
Duke University
ECPI College of Technology
East Carolina University
Eastern Michigan University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Florida Atlantic University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Global Maritime and Transportation School
Grossmont College
Hagerstown Business College
Idaho Stae University
Indiana University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Iowa State University
Ivy Tech State College
Iowa Wesleyan College
Jackson State University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Joint Forces Staff College
Kansas State University
Kennesaw State University
Kent State University
Kirkwood Community College
Lamar Institute of Technology
Lakeland Community College
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Louisiana State University
Marshall Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Merrimack College
Metropolitan College of New York
Michigan State University
Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies
Michigan Technological University
Mississippi State University
Monmouth University
Monroe Community College
Myers University
National Defense University
Naval Postgraduate School
Naval War College
New Hampshire Community Technical College
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
New Mexico Military Institute
New York Institute of Technology
New York University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina State University
North Dakota State University
Northern Michigan University
Northern Virginia Community College
Northwestern University
Oakland Community College
Oklahoma State University
Ohio Dominican University
Ohio University
Old Dominion University
Olympic College
Oregon Health and Science University
Owens Community College
Penn State University
Portland State University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Sonoma State University
South Dakota State University
South West International University
Southern Methodist University
St. Edward's University
St. John Fisher College
St. Mary's University of Law
Stanford University
State University of New York at Buffalo
Stony Brook University - State of New York
Syracuse University
Teikyo Post University
Texas A&M University
Texas State University, San Marcos
The Florida State University
The Judge Advocate General's School
The Ohio State University
The University of Detroit Mercy
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
The University of Pennsylvania
The University of Scranton
The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas at San Antonio
The University of Vermont
Thomas Edison State College
Thunderbird University
Tiffin University
Troy State University
Tufts University
United States Air Force Academy
United States Army War College
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States Merchant Marine Academy
United States Military Academy
University of Akron
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of California, Davis
University of Central Florida
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
University of Connecticut
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Findlay
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Guam
University of Hawaii - Manoa
University of Houston
University of Idaho
University of Illinois
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Iowa
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Maine
University of Maine, Fort Kent
University of Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Montana
University of Nebraska
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
University of Nevada-Reno
University of New Hampshire
University of New Orleans
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of North Dakota
University of North Texas
University of Northern Iowa
University of Oklahoma
University of Rhode Island
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of South Florida
University of Tennessee
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Tennessee, Martin
University of Tennessee, Memphis
University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Lab
University of Texas at Austin
University of Toledo
University of Tulsa
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wyoming
Utah Valley State College
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Waynesburg College
Webster University
West Virginia University
Western Carolina University
Western Connecticut State University
Westfield State College
Wright State University
Youngstown State University

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