Tom Hayden on the CIA’s Student Activism Phase » The Constantine Report

My personal involvement in this story begins in the late 1950s, when I was a student editor at the The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s student paper. In those fallow years, I was a developing idealist who did not know that the CIA had begun recruiting students for its secret war against the Soviet Union. In 1960, I hitch-hiked to the University of California, Berkeley to write about the new student movement there. In the Bay Area, students protesting the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) were beaten, hosed, and washed down the steps of City Hall. They were developing the first campus political party at Berkeley, known as SLATE. They were fighting for the right of student governments to take stands on “off-campus” issues like racial segregation everywhere from San Francisco’s downtown hotels to Mississippi. They were in the process of becoming the Free Speech Movement and the Vietnam Day Committee of 1964 and 1965.

I spent an exhilarating summer staying in an apartment full of Berkeley radicals. One of the many visitors I met was Donald Hoffman, who represented the National Student Association, which included members of student government and Daily editors that met every summer. He was a bit older than me, a friendly liberal fellow who wanted to make sure that Berkeley students came to that summer’s national convention. He also was a CIA agent, and remained so for many decades.

via Tom Hayden on the CIA’s Student Activism Phase » The Constantine Report.

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