Students Denounce Pentagon Surveillance of of Counter-Recruitment Activities

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From the Campus Antiwar Network:

    SANTA CRUZ, CA – According to a document obtained by
    NBC News, the Pentagon has been spying on 1,500
    “suspicious incidents,” including anti-war and
    counter-recruitment meetings and actions
    throughout
    the nation over the past 10-month period. Among the
    first pages of more than 400 released, 10 college
    anti-war protests were listed, including UC Santa Cruz
    Students Against War (SAW)’s counter-recruitment
    protest of April 5, 2005, which was the only one to be
    labeled both credible and a “threat.”

    Despite having dealt with both undercover police and
    university agents involved in the acts of surveillance
    and repression, the news came as a little shock to
    many SAW members, reaffirming long-held beliefs about
    the nature of the U.S. military. 3rd year student Jen
    Low noted the hypocrisy of the government’s messaging,
    reminding us that, "the notion of the Pentagon spying
    on peaceful protesters is a major threat to the
    freedoms that they claim to protect."

    While the Department of Defense has not commented on
    the allegations, student activists assert that the
    rising unpopularity of the Iraq War and the inability
    of military recruiters to meet their quotas make the
    counter-recruitment movement a strong candidate for
    repression by a “homeland security” apparatus run
    amok.

    This repression does not end with the surveillance
    from the Federal government. In fact, local officials
    and college campuses have also been monitoring and
    repressing anti-war and counter-recruitment
    activities. In August, community members of the
    Pennsylvania Organizing Group (POG) peacefully
    protesting at a military recruiting center near the
    University of Pittsburg were violently attacked by
    police. Most recently, at Hampton University in
    Virginia, students disseminating information against
    military recruiters on campus were threatened with
    expulsion. Other schools that have witnessed incidents
    of extreme repression against student activists
    include the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Kent
    State, Harold Washington College, Holyoke Community
    College, George Mason University, San Francisco State
    University, City College of New York, and Seattle
    Central Community College.

    UC Santa Cruz is widely known to have one of the
    largest antiwar and counter-recruitment movements in
    the country. On April 5, 2005 over 300 students
    marched into a campus job fair, occupying the building
    and holding a teach-in until all military recruiters
    left. On October 18, 2005, over 200 students rallied
    outside of another job fair, while two dozen UCSC
    students blocked recruiters on the inside by engaging
    in a ‘Queer Kiss-In’ to protest discriminatory
    military recruitment.

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