From the March 2010 Idaho Observer:

Obama Wants More Spies: HR 2701

Barack Obama presented Congress with an intelligence authorization bill to recruit new spies for the administration.

Starting in 2010, university and college students will receive financial assistance for agreeing to become government spies. It is modeled on the ROTC program which recruits future graduates for the military’s Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Campuses will supply courses prepared by the CIA and NSA (National Security Agency). There will be summer internships with both of these government agencies, and practical training spying on individuals and organizations on the university campuses themselves. Targets will not be informed of these undercover activities.

Special tuition benefits accrue for language studies.

One focus of the new bill would be to recruit “first and second generation Americans who already have critical language and cultural knowledge, and prepare them for careers in the intelligence agencies.”

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is empowered to expand the number of university campuses which will offer specialized classes in “Information Technology” and steering students into jobs with the growing number of spy agencies.

106 colleges already have programs to train spies for the NSA or ODNI. Obama’s bill doubles that number and vastly increases the number of courses for all of them. The tuition incentives and job guarantees are expected to pack classrooms nationwide.

Other legislation makes those who participate in any demonstration a third degree terrorist, and classifies all veterans as “potential” terrorists who must be placed under surveillance.

Big brother Obama is moving to protect us all from dissidents dissatisfied with the blessings of good government and infallible lawmakers. With hundreds of thousands of new spies, even potential dissidents can now be carefully watched by paid, highly skilled informers.

Although the Obama administration has condoned torture, no courses are being offered as yet on its use for extracting information, or securing universal obedience to all government policies.

No doubt lawmakers will add these safeguards to our liberty in the future.

Richard Geffken
Lowell, Florida

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