FBI To Institute Student Fear Campaign

The FBI is providing a list of “espionage indicators” to new england universities.  (Press Esc va Slashdot):

FBI is offering to brief faculty, students and staff on what it calls “espionage indicators” aimed at identifying foreign agents.

Unexplained affluence, failing to report overseas travel, showing unusual interest in information outside the job scope, keeping unusual work hours, unreported contacts with foreign nationals, unreported contact with foreign government, military, or intelligence officials, attempting to gain new accesses without the need to know, and unexplained absences are all considered potential espionage indicators.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to monitor their colleagues for signs of suspicious behaviour and report any concerns to the FBI or the military.

This will have a chilling effect on students and faculty at some of the nation’s top research universities.

US university students will not be able to work late at the campus, travel abroad, show interest in their colleagues’ work, have friends outside the United States, engage in independent research, or make extra money without the prior consent of the authorities, according to a set of guidelines given to administrators by the FBI.

While these activities are not expressly verboten, they are meant to trigger a “spy on your friends and colleagues” mentality that is sure to impact behavior.  Given the troubled history of political groups and US intelligence agencies, how will more overt attention from the FBI be received on campus?

Hopefully with a patriotic one fingered salute.

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One Response

  1. Be a snitch, its the patriotic thing to do.

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