imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

On American College Campuses

by Sudhama Ranganathan Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2011 at 5:52 AM
uconnharassment@gmail.com

There are many reasons for security within the world we live. For those reasons it is prudent to maintain alertness in the appropriate areas. We need people on the ground where there is need of the presence of law enforcement or security. We need the ability to observe appropriately places we have reason to believe are at risk of becoming targets of attack or places crimes in general could be committed. Any credible government needs the ability to make people aware of impending threats when necessary. Any stable civilization needs the ability to reasonably protect itself and keep itself orderly and free from crime.

On American College ...
onamericancollegecampusesmarc_jacobs.jpg, image/jpeg, 634x501

We should be no exception. There are many reasons to have protection and order it's a sane choice in a world that is not always sane. Sometimes there are cameras where we may not want them. There are times when that makes sense and there are times it's intrusive. That's for us to decide and elect leaders who will vote accordingly.

We need law enforcement agencies at all levels including the local, state and federal. Crimes are committed every day. They are different and unique and require different methods of prevention, enforcement and investigation. It is unwise not to take practical steps to secure oneself and having proper law enforcement is merely an extension of that premise. There are lines and there should be an awareness of the boundaries between the respect for people's privacy and the need to maintain law and order.

Most of those lines in a free society would seem easy to see. Where they aren't the constitution or governing ethos of that specific society guides them as does ours giving us a framework within which to work. When government agencies step outside these lines it is our responsibility as free citizens to check them through elected representatives supposed to be our voices there to protect our liberties.

Without protective elements in society in place the fabric of any strong civilization will unravel into lawlessness and chaos. With no enforcement of the laws they will be meaningless and those laws enacted to protect a community's innocent will be run over roughshod. As crimes becomes more complex and citizens have greater rights, those rights will need more laws to protect them. The more laws we have the more we will need investigative bodies to make sure justice gets served.

But what happens when those tasked with enforcing the laws and doing intelligence work begin to break the laws and disrupt the order they are meant to uphold? For example, when I was in college I found myself made aware of undercover law enforcement presence on my campus, aside from campus police. Now that in and of itself was not so strange as it was just two years since the attacks on 9/11.

It was a huge state school with a high profile athletics program and a wide array of majors from many different disciplines. There was a diverse range of sensitive research happening. It made perfect sense to have a few extra people in place and still does.

But what I saw was different. I didn't just discover they were on campus, I learned they were specifically observing me, probably among others. See, I was matriculated as a student in major with a very limited amount of students admitted per year. I found that there were many more than just one undercover law enforcement personnel in graduating class of my degree program, and, though I was no threat at all, it was all eyes on me and then some as far as they were concerned.

Anyone that knew me would have known I was removed from political activity and pretty much your average person. Anyone that had been observing me previous to my going to school would have known that. Anyone observing me while I was at school would have known that. Surely there were better uses of undercover law enforcement. Wasn't there this group named Al Qaeda or something?

Of course it was not the fact I was being observed that bothered me. In and of itself observation, especially that I was unaware of, wouldn't have bothered me a bit. It was the fact law enforcement officers were actively engaging in harassment and their target was me. However, as they were undercover, they were doing this posed as students and it was supposed to be kept under wraps, and those that were not law enforcement, but were cognizant of what was happening were supposed to keep their mouths shut. If not they were threatened with harassment, grades dropping and worse.

It was not small time harassment or petty everyday insults or a few levels above that all, we are talking specific planned examples of harassment meant to get me to quit, flunk or get kicked out of the program or the school. There were specific times when my grades and overall grade point average was meant to be interrupted and interfered with as a result of the harassment. Illegal activity for sure.

They were doing this because they thought I was a threat to security as thirteen years prior I had participated in a violent anti-Apartheid protest. Yet since that time I had cut all political ties and lived an essentially innocuous hum drum peaceful life. To have observed me if they felt necessary would be one thing, to investigate my goings on behind the scenes the same, and I have no problems with either. I had nothing to hide. They could have even said I simply could not attend the school. But to harass me is another thing entirely.

If they thought I was a dangerous individual why try to stress me out so bad that I'm driven to snap? What would be the point? Would that be a secure situation for the students at the school around me? Luckily I was no more unstable than I was a threat, but I could have been.

People reading this may wonder how I found out and that it sounds a bit paranoid and conspiracy theory-ish. Perhaps it sounds as though I was jumping to conclusions. I would agree were it not for how I discovered what I had. I found out because one of the undercover law enforcement personnel posing as students ended up admitting to me he was law enforcement and had been undercover on campus for eight years.

He pointed out one student and then others within the program. I suppose he felt by bringing me in I would feel a part of something, placated, flattered or not sue or complain as I had been thinking of doing. He was wrong.

Since that time I have wondered about what they were doing exactly. I mean in the larger sense, what was the point? Moreover, what else have they been doing on college campuses in the same way to unsuspecting members of the student body of this and/or that college? These experiments, which is really the only way I can describe it, were dangerous, out of control and obviously fallible as I graduated, and, unlike the undercover student's pronouncement I overheard that I would not sue or any such thing, I did initially pursue a lawsuit to resolve the matter and I still write about the experience and have no plans to cut back or stop. The very opposite of what they planned for happened.

What comes out of such behavior in terms of benefits to law enforcement or to the up keep the peace, and why carry out such dangerous, intrusive and oppressive behavior on college campuses to students? Is it because institutions of higher education are places where they have access to people still learning about the world, in a closed off environment and out of the way of supervision? I mean wouldn't any parent think this would be like having parents watching them on campus; that this is the adult supervision? If you can't trust the cops, who can you trust right? What would we call parents or people in positions of supervision if they acted the way they did towards me putting all those around me in jeopardy and really to a good extent failing in terms of their goals – using tax dollars to do so no less?

It isn't even a secret anymore. In the end it was really only dumb luck I was not unstable or a ticking time bomb as far as my internal constitution, psychologically, etc. How fair was taking that risk in the midst of all those on campus? Did they even care – do they now? What happens on college campuses today where that is happening when there are such instances of people being harassed? If you are a college student how can you be assured it is not occurring on your campus? Has it ever happened to someone that was unstable and they snapped? What happened then?

Should that really be happening on college campuses in America? Do parents feel secure with it? Something to think about as election season approaches.

To read about my inspiration for this article go to www.lawsuitagainstuconn.com.

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Something Missing Here 'Security' Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Tech workers organize A24 6:24PM

Architect Stephen Francis Jones A24 3:01PM

UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for A24 12:34PM

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

Shadowgun Legends Hack and Cheats A23 7:24AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy