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Chicago socialist students demand school cuts ties with CIA

Sep 17, 2018 by

A socialist student group at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is demanding that the school cut all ties with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), claiming that the organization is complicit in “countless crimes.”

International Youth and Students for Social Equality is protesting UIC’s partnership with the CIA in its “Signature School Program,” which encourages graduates to seek jobs in the intelligence field, while also facilitating access to internships. The socialist group stated  in a news release last week that the CIA chose to partner with the “diverse” UIC so that it could target “children of immigrants” to “carry out imperialist crimes of the U.S. government around the world.”

“We call on students at UIC and across Chicago to join and support the IYSSE’s demand that all ties be severed between the university and the intelligence agency.”   

UIC students who participate in the program will be able to receive on-campus mock interviews, educational seminars with CIA officials, and resume assistance, according to the school press release.

But the “CIA has absolutely no business at UIC or any college campus,” the IYSSE claims, calling the intelligence agency a “chief global spy agency of the United States” that “is responsible for countless crimes—the overthrow of governments, the fomenting of civil wars, assassinations, torture and spying.”

“The IYSSE at UIC stands irreconcilably opposed to UIC’s partnership with the CIA,” IYSSE continued. “We call on students at UIC and across Chicago to join and support the IYSSE’s demand that all ties be severed between the university and the intelligence agency.”

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IYSSE calls the CIA’s “encroachment” onto campus “a symptom of the breakdown of world capitalism.” The organization, which bills itself as a “ youth and student section” of the “Socialist Equality Party,” tweeted out its news release last week.

Source: Chicago socialist students demand school cuts ties with CIA

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