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In 1981, a group of Brown University students found a creative way of protesting a lecture by Central Intelligence Agency Director William Casey. Then, in keeping with the CIA’s campus fixation, the Agency kept tabs on the students as they defended their free speech rights.
For back-to-school week, we tasked MuckRock readers with combing through the Central Intelligence Agency archives to find the strangest tie between your alma mater and the intelligence community. Here’s what you found!
For back-to-school week last year, we combed through the Central Intelligence Agency archives to find connections between colleges and the Agency. This year, we’re doing things differently, tasking you with finding the strangest tie between your alma mater and the intelligence community.
In response to dwindling recruitment numbers in the ’60s, the Central Intelligence Agency adopted a more aggressive program to lure in the best and brightest from America’s college campuses. That increased visibility led to the Agency facing with heavy resistance from student protests, in the form of citizen’s arrests, paint-throwing, patriotic frat boys, and in one case, aggravated poetry.