CIA Off Campus: Building the Movement Against Agency Recruitment and Research

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Since the mid-80s, student, faculty and community activists have propelled the CIA's illegal and anti-democratic activities to the forefront of the academic debate over research and recruitment privileges. CIA Off Campus presents an overview of the Agency's illicit endeavors and details the multi-faceted involvement on U.S. campuses. Political newcomers and seasoned activists alike will be able to use this book in their efforts to create universities based on humans, democratic prinicples-and to further the progressive movement as a whole.

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An elaborate how-to book for campus activists, CM Off Campus is, as stated in the preface, "primarily for those who have learned enough" about the CIA to want to block the Agency from access to college campuses. Nevertheless, author Ami Chen Mills does not pass up the chance to preach to the converted. About a third of the book is devoted to reviewing the case against the CIA and reporting on its past and current activities on campus. The other two thirds includes tips on how to build a movement, ways to refute pro-CIA arguments, and what to do once the CIA has been successfully routed. The author writes well, even wittily, but she can't resist stretching a point here and there, as when she conflates frat boys heckling feminist demonstrators with date rape. Interesting digressions include a record of student activism in the eighties, which the author feels was undeservedly "all but completely ignored by the mass media." The book concludes with a bibliography and appendices containing information on support organizations, available resources and a discussion of how to avoid police violence. -- From Independent Publisher

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Mills, an experienced political activist, describes several CIA overseas operations and domestic recruiting and research programs on college campuses that she views as illegal and immoral. In addition to sketching a brief history of anti-CIA efforts on campus, she provides instructions to interested readers on how to detect secret CIA activities on campus and how to organize and operate a local anti-CIA movement. This specialized handbook will probably appeal only to a limited audience, but should nevertheless be made available in academic and public libraries.
- Daniel K. Blewett, Loyola Univ. Lib., Chicago
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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