Tag Archives: CIA

USA | Baruch Invited the CIA to Recruit on Campus, and Faculty Are Steamed

Students and professors alike say that CUNY should stand for educating the people, not helping suppress them worldwide

by Aviva Stahl

Last summer, staff, students, and alumni at Baruch College were surprised to learn that they’d been targeted by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA had issued a press release naming Baruch a Signature School, a university partnership initiative launched by the agency in 2016 to increase the diversity of its staff.

After months of ensuing controversy, in early May the Baruch College Faculty Senate called on Baruch leadership not to renew the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the CIA when it expires at the end of this summer. The move followed year-long activism by students and faculty at CUNY schools, who vocally condemned Baruch president Mitchel Wallerstein’s decision to establish a closer relationship with an intelligence agency known for committing torture, toppling democratically elected governments, engaging in targeted assassinations, and committing other human rights abuses.

USA | The CIA Within Academe

Book documents how foreign and domestic intelligence agencies use — and perhaps exploit — higher education and academe for spy operations.

By Nick Roll

USA | Gina Haspel and Torture: Not Just Immoral, But a Tool for More War

With the confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA director, there’s rightfully great interest in her record regarding torture. Contrary to the rhetoric–and with barely a word about the utility of torture in rigging the case for the Iraq invasion–the actual ends of torture are incredibly worse than the gruesome means.

USA | Ray McGovern: Gina Haspel Supervised Nazi-Era Interrogation Techniques

During her Senate confirmation hearings, CIA nominee Gina Haspel evaded questions about her role in using “enhanced interrogation” (torture) techniques, which have their origins in the Nazi-era, explains for CIA analyst Ray McGovern

USA | President Trump’s Nominee for CIA Director Overshadowed by Torture Allegations

[John Kiriakou was a CIA analyst and case officer from 1990 to 2004. He was the first U.S. government official to confirm in December 2007 that waterboarding was used to interrogate al-Qaeda prisoners, a practice he described as torture. In this piece, Kiriakou shares his views on Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. As it has been widely reported in the mainstream media, Haspel’s involvement in CIA torture programs–particularly at a CIA secret prison in Thailand–and her role in the destruction of more than 90 video tapes of waterboarding overshadows her senate confirmation hearing set for May 9th, 2018.]