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Deny CIA recruiters access to MIT

To President Gray and the entire MIT community:

This week recruiters for the CIA will screen applicants at the Institute. The event serves to remind us of the persistent presence of the agency on campus and in society at large.

The CIA does not represent the ideals we wish MIT to foster, such as respect for international law, democracy and universal human rights.

Other odious organizations come to campus. Why do we not protest their appearance? The CIA purports to act on our behalf. For this reason we have an extra responsibility to demonstrate our opposition and actively resist the recruiting effort.

The CIA is an anti-democratic force abroad and at home.

Overseas it was instrumental in the overthrow of democratically-elected governments; Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954 and Allende of Chile in 1973 are two examples. Its legacy in those countries is military dictatorship. Beyond this the CIA has routinely intervened in the domestic politics of countries as diverse as the Congo, Italy, Greece and Iran. The war against Nicaragua is only the latest episode in the agency's sordid history of reaction against indigenous progressive movements worldwide.

The agency subverts our domestic democratic institutions as well. With its budget, plans, and goals enveloped in secrecy, fundamental issues of war and foreign policy are inherently set beyond the pale of public discussion and popular control.

CIA activities violate the very character that established the agency. The CIA was established by the National Security Act of 1947 which authorized the agency only to synthesize and evaluate otherwise gathered intelligence. A 1976 Senate committee report stated categorically, "Authority fo covert action cannot be found in the National Security Act." The law not withstanding, the president has directed the CIA to "covertly" wage war against the government and people of Nicaragua. This simultaneously violates the CIA charter and international law respecting national sovereignty. The recruiting session is a conspiracy to violate federal and international law.

Some argue that, while covert operations are undesirable, we should maintain an intelligence gathering capability. Unfortunately, foreign espionage inevitably leads to domestic surveillance, which is incompatible with the idea of a free society. If the intelligence organization isn't to be worse than useless, it must be free from infiltration. Such assurance requires routine scrutiny of the organization's employees and of their political and social acquaintances, which is domestic spying.

We recognize that the job applicants are seeking employment voluntarily. We ask that those contemplating working for the CIA consider what it is they may be asked to do. Engineers and researchers who function within the bureaucracy bear rsponsibility for their personal actions and for the actions of the bureaucracy as a whole.

The Institute by-laws prohibit discrimination in the distribution of Institute resources, including career placement services, on the basis of sexual orientation. When the career office allowed the CIA recruiters on campus, the Institute did not live up to its recognized obligations. The CIA discriminates against homosexuals. Why has the Institute administration renounced its duty?

The CIA has a right to free speech on campus. Indeed, we invited the CIA representatives to participate in public forum in which they could make a presentation and the audience could ask questions. They refused.

We request that the Institute reverse its decision and deny the CIA recruiters access to campus.

Katherine Magraw G->

Robert Vitalis G->

Caren Addis G->

Adam Grossman '87->

Nancy Otis G->

Andrew Tauber G->

Laura A. Hastings G->

Jonathon Feldman G->

Charles Welch->

Brian R. Corbis G->

Omar S. Valerio '85->

Anthony Levitas G->

Nancy Kanwisher G->

Gretchen Ritter G->