Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Secret Surveillance of Students

StoryJune 04, 1998
Watch iconWatch Full Show

In the latest edition of The New York Amsterdam News, the city’s largest African American newspaper, the top story is called "Spies at City College." It was written by Herb Boyd and it begins, "Bugging devices. Hidden cameras. Are we talking about the FBI or CIA, operatives on a mission against a dangerous enemy? Nope, but what has recently occurred on the campus of City College seems to have all the ingredients of a counter-intelligence operation aimed at repressing the activities of a violent band of subversives. Alerted that they were under surveillance, student activists at City College discovered a very sophisticated, computerized hidden camera disguised as a smoke detector on the ceiling outside a room where various political meetings and strategy sessions are held by the students. In an adjoining room the students found a television monitor and an apparent listening device that was aimed at the student lounge."

Guest:

  • Ron McGuire, is a New York based attorney who has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the students at City College. He joins us by telephone.
  • Keeanga Taylor, is a senior at City College and an elected student ombudsman.
  • Carlos Rodriguez, is a community activist and incoming graduate student at City College.

.
.
.


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation