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UC Students Demand Answers about Spying Scandal
by UCSC Students Against War
Wednesday Jan 25th, 2006 2:28 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2006


UC Students Demand Answers about Spying Scandal
UCSC Administration appears willing to collaborate with students

Santa Cruz, CA - Members of Students Against War (SAW) met with the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Chancellor Denice Denton and other senior officials Tuesday to discuss the Pentagon spying scandal and the future of free speech on the UCSC campus.

In December of 2005, a 400-page document obtained by MSNBC revealed, amongst many things, that the Pentagon spied on 10 peaceful college protests. UC Santa Cruz’s counter-recruitment protest of April 5, 2005, organized by SAW, was the only one of these ‘incidents’ labeled both “credible” and a “threat.” It was also the only college-related ‘incident’ to be spied on by the Army’s 902nd Military Intelligence Group.

In the Tuesday meeting between students and administrators, the foremost of the concerns addressed was the possible university involvement in undercover surveillance of student activities. SAW presented the administrators with a 34-page document detailing many of the suspected incidents of covert surveillance, intimidation and first amendment violations that students had experienced on campus in the past year. Incidents ranged from police infiltration of protests and meetings to students being singled out due to their political activity. To verify these allegations, students proposed that the UCSC Administration conduct an internal investigation of campus and local officials that may have been divulging students’ personal information or releasing information on political activity to local or federal authorities. The students also sought the support of the administration in any follow-up actions.

Furthermore, SAW reiterated a request for the Administration to join the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), currently involved in the FAIR v. Rumsfeld case, which would overturn the controversial Solomon Amendment – a law that limits the University’s ability to prevent discrimination by mandating military recruitment on campus at the risk of losing federal funding. By limiting Universities’ options, the law restricts important 1st Amendment rights.

Chancellor Denton promised to follow up on all the issues presented, which SAW members pledged to ensure.

“UC Santa Cruz has long been a bastion of freedom of speech and campus activism and we are hopeful that the administration will do everything in their power to keep it that way,“ said second-year student, Kot Hordyński, who was present at the meeting.

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Additional Resources:

1/14/06 - A Protest, a Spy Program and a Campus in an Uproar http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0712F63C5B0C778DDDA80894DE404482

01/12/06 - Senator Feinstein Seeks Explanation of Recent Counter Intelligence Field Activity Domestic Investigations http://feinstein.senate.gov/06releases/r-cifa-ucsc.htm

12/30/05 - Rep. Lofgren Calls for Investigation into Defense Department’s Surveillance of U.S. Citizens http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/ca16_lofgren/123005_Lofgren_DOD_Letter.html

12/29/05 - UCSC chief alleges spying
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/13506607.htm

12/14/05 - Senator demands investigation of spy database
(notes 902nd Military Intelligence Group involvement)
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10481600/

12/14/05 - Students Denounce Pentagon Surveillance of Counter-Recruitment Activities
(initial Students Against War press release on Pentagon spying)
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/19173/index.php

12/13/05 – Department of Defense database listing domestic ‘threats’ http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/DODAntiWarProtestDatabaseTracker.pdf

12/13/05 - Is the Pentagon spying on Americans?
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10454316/

04/05/05 - UCSC Students Kick Military Recruiters Off Campus
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/17073/index.php
§Brian Hughes, UCSC Police Infiltrator
by spy watcher Wednesday Jan 25th, 2006 3:06 PM
brianhughes.jpg
brianhughes.jpg

Believed to be Brian Hughes from UCSC's Police. The green armband was worn by April 14th AFSCME strike supporters. His wearing it marks him as an infiltrator. He was also seen on the April 5th counter-recruitment action tossing around students, and during the first night of Tent U. videotaping students.

See:
WANTED -- INFORMATION ABOUT UNDER-COP
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/17474/index.php

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by -
Wednesday Jan 25th, 2006 4:35 PM
When you hold a protest in a public place, you have no expected right to privacy. The Army, the cops, the FBI, or anyone else can "monitor" you, photograph you, etc. If you post your plans on a website, that too can be monitored. You are not special. Sorry.
by OneGear
Wednesday Jan 25th, 2006 5:57 PM
Just one more reason to mask up.
by .chp
Wednesday Jan 25th, 2006 6:56 PM
check out this video in Berkeley where during the mayday celebration, only two people wearing a mask covering their face showed up, and one suddenly lashed out at a Sf.indymedia.org photographer, detained him in handcuffs, and took the film from his camera.
http://indybay.org/news/2002/05/126202_comment.php

This is an account of the same officer Stan Libed
http://www.bclu.org/stories/abuse_reports/PRC-JasonMeggs-20050626.pdf