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  •  little publicized facts regarding (19+ / 0-)

    campus and other protests against the war include:

    1. the number of violent attacks against protestors in cities and universities across the country. this included the famous incidents at UCB,the police riots in Chicago, Philadelphia and NY etc.
    1. beatings of protestors at such places as Penn State by members of the football team. St. Paterno or some of his staff was even rumored to have implicitly encouraged this and certainly never penalized anyone who participated. this and similar incidents occurred on many campuses
    1. MI, FBI and NSA surveillance of anyone with anti-war views who went public. even some of those who did not
    1. the use of "anti-crowd" laws to justify the beatings of groups of 6 or more "long-hairs" in cities such as Philadelphia and Boston
    1. the hypervigilance of the media about any protestor or anti-war organization

    The point is that Kent State was a horrible event, but was the logical conclusion of policies and processes put in place by the military, intelligence and law enforcement that virtually guaranteed that this would occur.

    Not unlike today.

    •  the level of infiltration (12+ / 0-)

      One of the things that amazed me as I began researching Kent State was just how many different agencies had undercover agents of one sort or another working on college campuses.

      The example that always sticks with me -- Naval Intelligence was at Kent State on May 4, 1970. NAVAL INTELLIGENCE! If anyone can explain why in the world they should have had any interest in a land-locked campus in Ohio, I'd sure love to hear it.

      We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

      by kainah on Wed May 24, 2006 at 05:24:42 PM PDT

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      •  Navy Intelligence and the CIA (0+ / 0-)
        have, for some reason, been closely intertwined. Many officers of the CIA have Navy Intelligence experience. I'm sorry that I can't link or quote any sources but this is something which has always been known or, at least, rumored.

        The lunatics are destroying the asylum. (-6.25,-5.13)

        by Skylor on Wed May 24, 2006 at 09:46:27 PM PDT

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        •  thank you (0+ / 0-)

          I take any snippets of info I can get.

          We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

          by kainah on Wed May 24, 2006 at 09:49:49 PM PDT

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