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Pentagon spying at UCSC: Standards for our Country, Standards for Ourselves

The Dec. 17 Sentinel lead story reports that among several incidents of US Pentagon warrantless surveillance of anti-war activities at UCSC was “an April 5 protest against military recruiters at a UCSC job fair.? The “violent? sit-in has subsequently been used as partial justification for subsequent heavy-handed police tactics at other UCSC demonstrations, including the now infamous response to Tent City.


Congressman Sam Farr was suitably "shocked" and "appalled," according to the Sentinel article, by this aspect of what the Los Angeles Times on the same day headlined as “The Pentagon Spying Scandal.?


Let’s contrast responses from representative voices of the Republican-dominated US Senate, and the “liberal-dominated? UCSC Faculty Senate.


In the Republican-dominated US Senate, “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said he would call congressional hearings as soon as possible. Warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens is ‘wrong, and it can't be condoned at all’, he said, according to the report in the LA Times. On Friday Dec. 16, the Republican-dominated US Senate refused to ratify renewal of Bush’s so-called PATRIOT act, in part in response to the domestic spying revelations.


In contrast, the Sentinel reports the response of the Chair of the UCSC Academic Senate: "True education involves pluralism and diversity, including diversity of ideas. UCSC needs to be open to the idea that the military plays an important role in society; and the Pentagon needs to be open to the idea that educational institutions such as UCSC pose [no] credible threat." No statement as of this writing has been issued by the UCSC Chancellor regarding illegal, warrantless military spying on her campus, so her position on this, like most other issues, remains unknown.


There you have it.


Our Congressional representative is, rightly, shocked and appalled. The Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, calling for hearings, says it is wrong and cannot be condoned at all. The Republican Senate on Friday did not renew the PATRIOT act.


The Chair of the UCSC Academic Senate thinks both the Pentagon and UCSC students need to be more open to pluralism and diversity, thereby implying a sort of reciprocity and equivalence between a student sit-in (a form of Constitutionally protected Right to Assembly) and Pentagon spying (Constitutionally prohibited warrantless surveillance and violation of the Posse Comitatus act that prohibits domestic military policing.) Our UCSC Chancellor so far has been silent.


As a member of the UCSC Faculty, I am embarrassed that the response of those who claim to speak for me at UCSC is so muted and equivocal that it is put to shame by the refreshing outrage expressed by the Republican-dominated US Senate.


Can’t we, as a University, do any better than this?


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William Scott is an Associate Professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz

 
 


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Re: Pentagon spying at UCSC: Standards for our Country, Standards for Ourselves

amen. comparing the April 5th protesters to government spies is totally nonsensical.

but do consider the source of the quote - Jondi Gumz writes the most biased articles about campus activities - it seems like she goes out of her way to quote the most conservative people she can find in Santa Cruz while doing her best to ignore opposing views.
 

Re: Pentagon spying at UCSC: Standards for our Country, Standards for Ourselves

Bravo!

A message to Professor Crosby: Exactly what sort of role does the hegemonic, imperialist military play in the pluralistic and diverse society you've described? I remember meeting you as a "faculty against war" ally at our counter-recruitment protest on October 18th. Is this how you feel about us, or did our good friend Ms. Gumz take your comment out of context?

-A Student Against War
 

Re: Pentagon spying at UCSC: Standards for our Country, Standards for Ourselves

It's so frusterating to have ONLY Jondi Gumz to report campus related stories. Last I checked, the campus community is more than a fifth of Santa Cruz's population and the primary economic actor (during non-summer months), but receives only one reporter.

If she does bad reporting, as is quite common, we have no one else to turn to.

The April 6th article that she wrote (right after the counter-recruitment action last spring) didn't even quote a single person in favor of the action. We had to go around her and get an Op-Ed from the Editor in order to get our views presented.

In this instance, the Sentinel only published a story (which I'm appreciative of, of course) 3 days after SAW's press release was sent out - and only after all the major local news stations had extensive reports and interviews.

This article wasn't too bad, luckily, but the Sentinel needs to be more accountable to the community.
 

Re: Pentagon spying at UCSC: Standards for our Country, Standards for Ourselves

"If she does bad reporting, as is quite common, we have no one else to turn to."

Of course, that sentence should read, like this:
"If she does bad reporting, as is quite common, we have no one else to turn to, AT THE SENTINEL."

This is the primary reason grassroots activts have worked tirellessly for many years maintaining independent outlets, such as indymedia, and Free Radio Santa Cruz. I often hear the FRSC folks who founded the station, talk about how bad Sentinel reporting on activists was a priime reason for FRSC being founded. Similarly, as news outlets are reformed for the digital age, grassroots media activists have createda and maintain these very websites, SO THAT YOU TOO CAN BECOME THE MEDIA! Use it, before we're all in jail ;)
 

Re: Pentagon spying at UCSC: Standards for our Country, Standards for Ourselves

Well, they seem to have awakened from their slumber. Futher updates and snarky commentary here.
 

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