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Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America's Universities Hardcover – October 10, 2017
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"Whether you are a teacher, student or parent, Daniel Golden’s closely researched account of the assault on our academic freedoms by home-grown intelligence services is timely and shocking."―John le Carré
"Daniel Golden's Spy Schools provides a necessary, in-depth examination of the relationship between America's intelligence agencies and its universities. It's a relationship fraught with the conflict between academic freedom and the need for clandestine intelligence gathering. A must-read for both academic leaders and government intelligence directors, Spy Schools illustrates the complex world which both inhabit." ―Janet Napolitano, President, University of California, and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
“It’s real-life ‘Spy vs. Spy’… In this important book, Golden writes that universities not only ignore what is happening on their campuses but also sometimes condone it in ways that raise serious questions about America’s national security…[a] fascinating book.”―The Washington Post
“Golden …turns his considerable fact-finding skills to an eye-opening chronicle of how higher education has evolved into a key source for obtaining military and technological intelligence. A provocative look at the transformation of academia to a broad chessboard of international espionage." ―Kirkus Reviews
“This forensic analysis of espionage in academia offers a chilling, highly readable insight into the unscrupulous exploitation by ruthless intelligence agencies operating across the globe.”―Nigel West, intelligence historian and author of Spycraft Secrets
“Comprehensive…Golden’s book doesn’t just shed light on previously untold stories. It also highlights the existential questions facing higher education, not only when dealing with infiltration from foreign governments, but also those brought on by cozy relationships between the U.S. intelligence and academe.” ―Inside Higher Ed
“Daniel Golden brings his razor-sharp Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative skills to this woefully under-reported, yet critically-important aspect of intelligence. He takes us inside a program held over from the Cold War, where the stakes are high, but the costs to our civil liberties are higher.”―John Kiriakou, author of "The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror"
"Spy Schools could not be more relevant. This is a book of both wisdom and caution and should be widely read and discussed in and outside the walls of academe...Even better than The Price of Admission."―E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University
“Spy Schools is an explosive and deeply disturbing look at the dirty laundry under American universities’ academic gowns. Dan Golden is a gifted researcher and an elegant writer whose exposé of campus espionage should raise alarms from the ivory tower to Capitol Hill.” ―Mitchell Zuckoff, New York Times bestselling author of 13 Hours and Lost in Shangri-La
“Daniel Golden's Spy Schools sheds a much needed light on one of the great under-reported occurrences in today's spy wars: how U.S. academic institutions serve as a target for foreign countries obtaining critical technologies while U.S. intelligence agencies, principally the FBI, use those same institutions as a base for intelligence and counterintelligence activities.” ―I.C. Smith, former FBI Special Agent in Charge and author of Inside: A Top G Man Exposes Spies, Lies and Bureaucratic Bungling Inside the FBI
About the Author
Daniel Golden won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for his Wall Street Journal series on admissions preferences at elite colleges, which became the basis for his bestselling book, The Price of Admission. He edited a series about how U.S. companies dodge taxes by moving their headquarters overseas, which won Bloomberg News’s first and only Pulitzer Prize in 2015. In 2011, he was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for his Bloomberg News series about for-profit colleges exploiting veterans, low-income students, and the homeless. He is currently a senior editor at ProPublica.
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To me this is shocking. I don’t think kitchen staff should ever poison or contaminate food. In the book it said the victims became violently ill and while it implied they survived it did not come out and say that directly. Did they survive? When I heard the author give a talk at Arlington Community Education in Arlington., Massachusetts many people laughed when he read this part of the book. But it’s not funny. It’s an abuse of power and unfortunately if the CIA has done it in one place they will do it in another. How many times has this happened? Was there ever confusion over the intended victim? Was the poison chemical, viral or bacterial?
Most of the book concerns foreign students being trapped into betraying their countries by the CIA and the FBI. Under false identities agents would ask them to write about scientific subjects and pay them. Then they would reveal that they were CIA or FBI agents, and say that they would tell their home countries that they have been working for them. In many places in the world that would mean a death or prison sentence for the student. The book also raises the concern of American students being recruited by foreign agencies., specifically Cuba, Russian and China.
At the talk I asked the author if he thought the CIA targets high school students to make them go off track and become easier to recruit. I said I was asking both about American high school students and foreign high school students. He said he has heard some things about recruitment of high school students especially since some study abroad now but that he did not pursue those inquiries because they were not the focus of his book.
Theft of scientific research and intellectual property is another topic covered.
Nothing about this is ok. Every college and university administrator should read this book. We need to reign in the CIA and allow no recruitment of any students by any intelligence service on college campuses.