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    FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies,

    FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies, Influence Agents
    Sexual entrapment a common tactic

    Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.

    Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually move on to positions within the U.S. government that can provide access to information of use to the [Cuban intelligence service],” the five-page unclassified FBI report says. It notes that the Cubans “devote a significant amount of resources to targeting and exploiting U.S. academia.”

    “Academia has been and remains a key target of foreign intelligence services, including the [Cuban intelligence service],” the report concludes.

    cont... FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies, Influence Agents | Washington Free Beacon


    The left knows where its people are-Academia, the media, and hollywood. I would not be surprised to find other leftist groups have infiltrated the same demo. Im reminded of Reagan's run in with leftists at Cal Berkley years ago.


    A Recruitment Example
    Provided by a self-admitted Cuban intelligence officer, the following is a possible scenario of how the CuIS
    might recruit an individual at a US university.
    The Cuban intelligence officers located at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in New York, New York,
    or the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC, obtain a published work by a specific professor or student
    (hereinafter referred to as the “targeted individual”) from a university the CuIS are monitoring. The
    material is studied and processed by an intelligence officer in Havana, who is in charge of directing the
    effort. This officer makes contact with a Cuban agent within Cuba, possibly a co-opted Cuban academic.
    The pair will analyze the published work and design a plan of action that may include a personal letter to the
    targeted individual in the United States. The letter will suggest a “genuine” interest in starting a friendship
    or contact regarding the topic of the article. The personal letter becomes a pretext for the Cuban intelligence
    officer stationed in the United States to use for initial contact with the targeted individual.
    The targeted individual now has contact with a Cuban “diplomat” who is interested in his/her work. The
    Cuban intelligence officer has a starting point from which to build a relationship and assess the targeted
    individual in terms of motivations, weaknesses, and current and future access to information. Through
    meetings, meals, and even invitations to visit Cuba, the CuIS will take months or years to assess the targeted
    individual. Other Cuban agents in contact with the targeted individual, possibly due to their location at the
    university, can support this assessment effort. http://freebeacon.com/wp-content/upl...f-Academia.pdf
    Nothing new under the sun...

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    Re: FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spi

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post

    The left knows where its people are-Academia, the media, and hollywood. I would not be surprised to find other leftist groups have infiltrated the same demo. Im reminded of Reagan's run in with leftists at Cal Berkley years ago.
    You did a terrible job of reading the report your article cites.

    Academics and researchers have always been a great target for any nation-state. While academia has more Left wing sentiment and even pseudo-revolutionary jargon (though, usually of the rhetorical and even linguistic sort, than supporting direct violence or upheaval), it is also a valuable resource for capitalist and right-wing regimes. Your academics are often interested in it because of research purposes. As the document in question also states:

    By its nature, the academic world encourages free thinking and informational exchanges in an open environment. Arguably, such networks are required for research institutes and academicians to accomplish many of their objectives. Within academia, there are clear incentives to build institutional networks to thoroughly explore a wide range of ideas. For instance, it
    behooves a researcher to develop direct access to primary sources or populations that will assist in actual research. Unfortunately, such an atmosphere is exploitable by an intelligence service, which can use this open environment to identify and target individuals of interest.
    The academic world offers a rich array of targets attractive to foreign intelligence services. US government (USG) institutions draw on academia for personnel, both for entry level staffing and for consultation from established experts. A segment of the population, both students and faculty, is bound for work within the USG. Another segment is likely to have contact with USG information and policies through many other venues, including work with research institutes and numerous forms of contract work.
    Michael J Petrilli-"Is School Choice Enough?"-A response to the recent timidity of American conservatives toward education reform. https://nationalaffairs.com/publicat...-choice-enough

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    Re: FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spi

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    You did a terrible job of reading the report your article cites.

    Academics and researchers have always been a great target for any nation-state. While academia has more Left wing sentiment and even pseudo-revolutionary jargon (though, usually of the rhetorical and even linguistic sort, than supporting direct violence or upheaval), it is also a valuable resource for capitalist and right-wing regimes. Your academics are often interested in it because of research purposes. As the document in question also states:
    I read both links. What exactly do you think I missed? That its not used by the govt as a source of "talent"?

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    Re: FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spi

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies, Influence Agents
    Sexual entrapment a common tactic

    Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.

    Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually move on to positions within the U.S. government that can provide access to information of use to the [Cuban intelligence service],” the five-page unclassified FBI report says. It notes that the Cubans “devote a significant amount of resources to targeting and exploiting U.S. academia.”

    “Academia has been and remains a key target of foreign intelligence services, including the [Cuban intelligence service],” the report concludes.

    cont... FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies, Influence Agents | Washington Free Beacon


    The left knows where its people are-Academia, the media, and hollywood. I would not be surprised to find other leftist groups have infiltrated the same demo. Im reminded of Reagan's run in with leftists at Cal Berkley years ago.


    Nothing new under the sun...
    Certainly not in this post, anyway.
    Is it your point that Cuba recruits spies, that it recruits them from among left-leaning people or that it recruits intelligent, educated people? I'd say those three should all be assumed and we didn't really need the FBI to tells us so. I mean, it'd be news if Cuba was trying to recruit spies at a NRA meeting in Mud Lake, Idaho but there's no news here.
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    Re: FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spi

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    I read both links. What exactly do you think I missed? That its not used by the govt as a source of "talent"?
    That anyone would use researchers in a given country. That's what we do when we want spies. There's far more to it than ideology. You have to promise tangible benefits, if not actually deliver them. A researcher may or may not share their revolutionary zeal. They just need to be convinced it will be a beneficial venture for them to take that risk (or it may not even seem like a risk to begin with).
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    Re: FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spi

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    Certainly not in this post, anyway.
    Is it your point that Cuba recruits spies, that it recruits them from among left-leaning people or that it recruits intelligent, educated people? I'd say those three should all be assumed and we didn't really need the FBI to tells us so. I mean, it'd be news if Cuba was trying to recruit spies at a NRA meeting in Mud Lake, Idaho but there's no news here.
    My point was the left knows where to find its people (academia), and that this type of cold war throwback is still going on. Sorry if you dont like that. Not really.

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    Re: FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spi

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    That anyone would use researchers in a given country. That's what we do when we want spies. There's far more to it than ideology. You have to promise tangible benefits, if not actually deliver them. A researcher may or may not share their revolutionary zeal. They just need to be convinced it will be a beneficial venture for them to take that risk (or it may not even seem like a risk to begin with).
    I understand that. Im not saying the US doesn't do the same. Im saying its still going on with the left.

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    Re: FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spi

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    I understand that. Im not saying the US doesn't do the same. Im saying its still going on with the left.
    Except it doesn't require a shared ideology or contention with a policy of a particular government. There are multiple avenues for researchers or research institutions to be targeted, either outright or through unwittingly participating. Ideology was but one method of securing a relationship.
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    Re: FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spi

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    My point was the left knows where to find its people (academia), and that this type of cold war throwback is still going on. Sorry if you dont like that. Not really.
    Well, I think a better point is that the Cuban agency knows where the people it wants can best be found. If you want to find intelligent people of any stripe your search should probably begin among academics, no? Not to say that uneducated people can't be intelligent, but you'd expect there to be a higher concentration of higher IQ's in a university than anywhere else. And the fact that the Cuban agency would look for left-leaning people is a no-brainer. In fact, they're probably looking for people who are beyond just being leftist- they're probably looking for communists.
    And no, it doesn't bother me that there's still spying going on. Doesn't surprise me, either. In fact, I'd suspect I was being lied to by anyone who told me that Cuba and the US don't spy on each other.
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    Re: FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spi

    I see that this story is picking up steam on conservative media outlets. Lord knows why, when much of this was already published many years ago with publicly available sources. From 2011, with additional examples.

    FBI — Higher Education and National Security
    Michael J Petrilli-"Is School Choice Enough?"-A response to the recent timidity of American conservatives toward education reform. https://nationalaffairs.com/publicat...-choice-enough

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