As if the creepy spy-guy wandering around your kid’s college campus trying to recruit her into the NSA wasn’t bad enough, now you can find him wandering the halls of your local high school and middle school as well.
The surveillance state doesn’t operate in a vacuum.
In fact, the NSA and other federal spy agencies depend on support from a wide array of both public and private entities in order to engage in world-wide snooping.
A transpartisan coalition of student organizations have called on Arizona State University President Michael Crow to end the school’s relationship with the NSA.
ASU serves as an NSA ‘Center for Academic Excellence.‘ The school offers academic tracks approved by the spy agency, essentially NSA recruiting programs. The school also conducts research funded by the agency.
In an open letter to Crow, students condemned ASU’s relationship with the NSA and called for it to end as quickly as legally possible.
While ASU’s relationship with the NSA provides a certain level of prestige and brings in valuable funding, we do not believe we should trade our civil liberties for institutional advantages.
So far, five organizations have signed onto the letter, including the ASU Young Republicans and the Green Party of the ASU.
“That shows the transpartisan nature of this movement,” said OffNow lead Shane Trejo. “Protecting and defending the Constitution and basic civil liberties isn’t a left-right issue. It’s an American issue.”
Young Americans for Liberty Arizona chapter president Jacob Pritchett spearheaded the effort after learning about his school ‘s relationship with the NSA.
“We feel that just by virtue of being human we have a certain set of inalienable rights,” he said in an interview with the State Press.
The Arizona Fourth Amendment Protection Act would force an end to ASU’s relationship with the NSA. Sources say school administrators have opposed the bill, unhappy with the potential loss of research funding. Pritchett says the university shouldn’t prostitute itself for a few dollars.
“It’s a win-win for ASU and the NSA,” he told the State Press. “But the people who are losing are the university students. This is a public university and we provide a service for American citizens, and I don’t think it’s appropriate that ASU is actually lobbying against this bill for fear of losing their research partnership, potentially at the expense of their students’ constitutional rights.”
Pritchett also set up a petition on Change.org calling on Crow to end the ASU-NSA relationship. So far, the petition has garnered more than 350 signatures.
Trejo said student groups have created a model other students at other schools can follow.
“More than 160 universities have relationships with the NSA. I’m certain students at other universities are just as unhappy about their school supporting the violation of their rights as students at ASU. They should follow ASU’s lead, come together and demand their schools end these relationships. ASU has created the template to follow.”
The National Security Agency recently partnered with NC State to create the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) on its Raleigh campus, according to a recent press release.
“By immersing intelligence analysts with NC State’s diverse group of scientists, we hope to discover new and powerful ways to meet our foreign signals intelligence and information assurance missions – giving us an edge to better protect the nation,” NSA Director of Research Dr. Michael Wertheimer said. Continue reading North Carolina Students Are Not Safe From Big Brother!
Now that the NSA has been exposed, its minions hope you will sit cowering in fear of their power. The agency hopes that widespread knowledge of its unbelievably expansive spying operation will cause activists to relent.
However, the NSA has an Achilles Heel that they do not want you to know about – the fact that it relies on our complicity to run its operation.
Because the NSA has arrogantly embarked on such a vast, Orwellian venture, it has left itself vulnerable to local and state action against it.
NSA relies on our complicity, our resources, our manpower, our universities and private corporations to destroy our privacy rights. Big Brother simply does not have what it takes to pull off such a grand endeavor without our help. By removing that help with a grassroots, bottom-up campaign, we can turn it off for good!
At The New American, Joe Wolverton has written an in-indepth look at how the NSA has its tentacles into the youth of this country through partnerships with universities in most states (166 locations in total – so far):
For years, the National Security Agency (NSA), the major league of electronic monitoring and surveillance, has sponsored programs that try to turn high schools and colleges into their private farm system.
As the snoops explain on their website under a tab called“Opportunities for You”:
Today’s job marketplace is competitive. To get a step ahead you need to gain practical experience before you graduate. Come work with the top professionals in your field at NSA. Our internships, co-op program, scholarships, and work study programs will help you to develop and shape your career well before your studies are through.
Come on, kids. Learn how cool it is to violate the Fourth Amendment. Not only will you not be prosecuted, but you’ll be paid and get killer federal government health insurance benefits!
The NSA isn’t looking for dummies, though. They want public schools to funnel the best and brightest into the agency’s ranks.
Wolverton notes some specific cases, like Utah, where university programs were a specific part of their decision-making process: Continue reading Colleges Collude With NSA to Train Next Generation of Agents
The illegal spiers at the NSA are looking for impressionable youngsters to do their bidding, according to a recent press release.
The Air Force Institute of Technology at Ohio, Auburn University in Alabama, Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, and Mississippi State University have been given a CAE-Cyber Operations designation in the NSA’s desperate attempt “to cultivate more U.S. cyber professionals in an ever-changing global environment.”
The NSA is redoubling its efforts to create and maintain their Orwellian surveillance system, and they’re banking on compliance and assistance from America’s youth. Both students and facility will be targeted under this program by the rapacious government snoopers and recruited into the massive surveillance bureaucracy.
This is yet another example of big government using the higher education system to do their bidding. In another instance, the University of Maryland recently receive over $10 million from the Department of Homeland Security to produce ‘intelligence’ that classified advocates of decentralized government as potential terrorists. Thus, any type of partnership between big government and higher education must be looked at with an extreme amount of caution.