Is the CIA working under cover against environmentalists in Kansas? Possibly. probably or not exactly-- but there are a lot of weird pieces of news coming out of the CIA's big push into academia and universities in the last decade.
One recently CIA-recruited former academic [anthropologist] spook resigned and then wrote to David Price of Counterpunch. Consequently, Counterpunch editors quickly noted: "In the past 4 years 22 universities across the U.S. have quietly taken the CIA's dollars and agreed to become spy-factories for student spooks. David Price breaks the story, identifies the campuses, details secret faculty protests and charts the strategy for resistance."
Human Terrain Systems [HTS] is the focus of much of one of Price's articles. It is entitled "Human Terrain Systems Dissenter Resigns, Tells Inside Story of Training's Heart of Darkness", and it describes how social scientists are begin recruited to work in Afghanistan and Pakistan these days for the CIA in support of US military forces on the ground. Price has since also brought out in Counterpunch a newer piece, called: "Silent Coup: How the CIA Is Welcoming Itself Back onto American University Campuses." He discussed this piece about the big push or coup on 22 university campuses on Democracy Now [DN] just last week.
On DN, Price explained that the whole modern Putsch or Push by the CIA started "you know, probably twenty years ago, as American university campuses, sort of a piece at a time, started shifting towards more of a corporatization model, so that the interests for research, rather than coming directly from professors, often came from outside sources. Since 9/11, there was a very dramatic shift, where President Bush and members of Congress and members of the intelligence community in the Pentagon started a real hue and cry, saying that somehow 9/11 could have been prevented, if only there were greater links between the intelligence community and academia. And after this post-9/11 move, there were many programs, things like the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program or the Intelligence Community Scholars Program, which secretly link scholars with intelligence agencies and embed them on campuses doing scholarship, and programs like the Minerva Consortium for the Pentagon."
The recent CIA academic program is called ICCAE, and Price notes, "[I]t's very surprising how aggressive it is. As you said, it's now on twenty-two university campuses, where these centers are openly established, and scholars are working with a whole variety of intelligence agencies. So it's a move that's been made under the public claim that it will make intelligence better. But very clearly, the largest outcome that will come from these programs is not that we'll have better intelligence; it's that the institutions, such as the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the FBI, Homeland Security, they're sort of damaged institutional culture will start to seep in and start to have a greater presence onto our university campuses."
The CIA was chased off many campuses in America after the Vietnam War and anti-Imperialist protests came into full swing in the 1960s and 1970s.
Later, the MKultra Program became well known by the mid-1970s--and because many students had been victimized, for over two decades the CIA recruiters were often seen as persons-non-grata throughout North America.