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Boiling Frogs: Prof. Roberto Gonzalez, Part 3 of CIA on Campus

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This is part 3 of our interview series based on the recently released bookThe CIA on Campus: Essays on Academic Freedom and the National Security State, edited by Dr. Philip Zwerling.  It’s another installment in the Boiling Frogs series, co-hosted with Sibel Edmonds.Professor Roberto Gonzalez joins us to discuss the high school “Spy Camp” program as part of a pilot grant from the US Office of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to create an “Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence” (IC Center) with the goal to increase the pool of future applicants for careers in the US intelligence community such as the CIA, FBI and DIA. He explains the intentions behind the program being consciously directed at schools in low income regions and where minority students are the majority. Dr. Gonzalez talks about the ethical implications of involving universities with intelligence agencies like CIA, intellectual and moral dilemmas caused by militarized culture, the highly troubling cloak of secrecy surrounding scholarships provided to target students, the impact of funding and grants on university and college educators and administrators and more!

GonzalezRoberto J. Gonzalez is an associate professor of anthropology at San Jose State University whose work focuses upon the relationship between humans and their environment; science, technology, and society; militarism and culture; and anthropological ethics. He has published four books: Zapotec Science: Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca, Anthropologists in the Public Sphere: Speaking Out on War, Peace, and American Power, American Counterinsurgency: Human Science and the Human Terrain, and Militarizing Culture: Essays on the Warfare State.