Tuesday, January 15, 2008

As if David Horowitz and CampusWatch weren't enough

No longer content to use tear gas against students at Berkeley, the establishment weapons of choice now seem to be the taser and closed-circuitry cameras aimed at the offices of suspicious academics. Here's a really interesting article from The Nation about the increasing monitoring (and occasional violent repression) going on at US universities. It mentions the START Centers (for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism), one of which is housed at my University (University of Maryland). More disturbing than the tasing and surveillance is how homeland security is invading the campus curriculum (it's far cheaper and more effective to scare and brainwash people into supporting your cause than yanking out their toenails). Scary shit.

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