Surveillance of MIT:
From Cointelpro to Chelsea Manning

Saul Tannenbaum
@stannenb
saultannenbaum.org
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COINTELPRO –
Counterintelligence Program
“The FBI began COINTELPRO in 1956 to disrupt the
activities of the Communist Part...
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Some things don’t change
“serious-mind young people … little time for outside activity”
July, 1968
They read The Tech to discover
“ringleaders”
Problem: MIT Humanities Dept.
employing “radical-type” instructors
June, 1969
Tangible Results
Instructor’s “automatic” renewal of contract halted
June 1969
“The Daily Reamer”: “not … sufficiently
obnoxious to warrant” interference with
advertising, except the NSA
January 29, 19...
It’s not like harassment was a
secret
From The Tech
October 31, 1967
Chelsea
Manning

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Wikileaks Timeline

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Early January 2010: Manning downloads Iraq/Afghan
war logs

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Late January 2010: Manning visits Ca...
MIT/Manning Connections
Manning PGP key signed by Daniel Clark, PIKA resident
Manning/MIT Connections
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David House, then MIT researcher, founded Bradly Manning Support
Network
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Laptop seized witho...
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Surveillance Of MIT: From COINTELPRO to Chelsea Manning

  1. 1. Surveillance of MIT: From Cointelpro to Chelsea Manning Saul Tannenbaum @stannenb saultannenbaum.org
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  3. 3. COINTELPRO – Counterintelligence Program “The FBI began COINTELPRO in 1956 to disrupt the activities of the Communist Party of the United States. In the 1960s, it was expanded to include a number of other domestic groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan, the Socialist Workers Party, and the Black Panther Party. All COINTELPRO operations were ended in 1971. … COINTELPRO was later rightfully criticized by Congress and the American people for abridging first amendment rights and for other reasons.” - vault.fbi.gov
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  5. 5. Some things don’t change “serious-mind young people … little time for outside activity” July, 1968
  6. 6. They read The Tech to discover “ringleaders”
  7. 7. Problem: MIT Humanities Dept. employing “radical-type” instructors June, 1969
  8. 8. Tangible Results Instructor’s “automatic” renewal of contract halted June 1969
  9. 9. “The Daily Reamer”: “not … sufficiently obnoxious to warrant” interference with advertising, except the NSA January 29, 1969
  10. 10. It’s not like harassment was a secret From The Tech October 31, 1967
  11. 11. Chelsea Manning 0 1
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  13. 13. Wikileaks Timeline ✤ Early January 2010: Manning downloads Iraq/Afghan war logs ✤ Late January 2010: Manning visits Cambridge and MIT independent living group PIKA ✤ Early February 2010: Manning provides Wikileaks with war logs
  14. 14. MIT/Manning Connections Manning PGP key signed by Daniel Clark, PIKA resident
  15. 15. Manning/MIT Connections ✤ David House, then MIT researcher, founded Bradly Manning Support Network ✤ Laptop seized without warrant at the border ✤ Summoned before Wikileaks Grand Jury ✤ Wikileaks Grand Jury has subpoenaed one other unnamed “Cambridge resident” ✤ Wikileaks Grand Jury still sitting, investigation still open ✤ Wikileaks investigation seems pretty clearly to have used all the NSA “dragnet” techniques that have been disclosed
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  17. 17. How many hops away from a “terrorist” are you?
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