In a protest against the removal of protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), over two dozen professors and affiliates of Harvard - as well as Babson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UMass Boston, and Boston College - were arrested in Harvard Square yesterday after creating a human chain across Massachusetts Avenue that blocked traffic through the busy Cambridge junction.
Harvard University transparency exemptions have caused a great deal of controversy over the years, especially concerning the Harvard Police Department, which refuses to release its crime logs. Harvard’s student paper, The Crimson, even brought the matter to the Massachusetts Supreme Court, demanding greater access to records, but the court ultimately maintained they were private documents.
In the mid 1970s, the FBI considered approaching expert negotiator Roger D. Fisher to gather information on a Soviet diplomat the Bureau believed to be a KGB spy. Unable to uncover any dirt on the professor, agents decided they didn’t have enough leverage to bring Fisher to the table.