FC: FBI illegally harassed California students, faculty

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sun Jun 09 2002 - 22:12:26 PDT

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        Secret FBI files reveal covert activities at UC
        Bureau's campus operations involved Reagan, CIA
        Seth Rosenfeld, Chronicle Staff Writer Sunday, June 9, 2002
        Under the guise of protecting national security, the FBI conducted
        wide-ranging and unlawful intelligence operations concerning the
        University of California that at different points involved the head of
        the CIA and then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, The Chronicle has learned.
        According to thousands of pages of FBI records obtained by The
        Chronicle after a 17-year legal fight, the FBI unlawfully schemed with
        the head of the CIA to harass students, faculty and members of the
        Board of Regents, and mounted a concerted campaign to destroy the
        career of UC President Clark Kerr, which included sending the White
        House derogatory allegations about him that the bureau knew were
        The FBI, in contrast, developed a "close and cordial" relationship
        with Reagan, who made campus unrest a major issue and vowed to fire
        Kerr during his 1966 gubernatorial campaign.
        And after he was elected, the FBI failed to report that Reagan falsely
        stated on a federal security clearance form that he never had been a
        member of any group officially deemed subversive, an omission that
        could have been prosecuted as a felony.
        The FBI later secretly gave Gov. Reagan's administration information
        it could use "against" protesters.
        The disclosure of the FBI activities concerning the University of
        California during the 1950s and 1960s comes as the bureau has been
        granted wider authority and more resources to conduct domestic
        intelligence activities, and as President Bush seeks to create a new
        Department of Homeland Security.
        Experts said the FBI and CIA's past activities involving the
        University of California provide a cautionary tale about potential
        dangers to academic freedom and civil liberties.
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