At the time of its announced closure, Antioch College,
perhaps America�s most progressive and well-known peace college, had a few
visible capitalist hawks on its board of trustees.
Bruce P. Bedford, one of only three trustees not a former
alum, had been appointed to the board of Arlington, Virginia, company
GlobeSecNine in 2005. The company is described by a representative of
investment corporation Bear Sterns as having "a unique set of experiences
in special forces, classified operations, transportation security and military
operations." One can only speculate why the nation�s longest-standing
anti-imperialist education institution would appoint a trustee with extensive
ties to the military and security industrial complexes.
Business Wire on May 4, 2005, described GlobeSecNine as
follows: "GlobeSecNine invests in companies providing U.S. defense,
security, global trade management and supply chain solutions to the public and
private sectors, and has a strategic alliance with The Scowcroft Group, a
business advisory firm headed by former National Security Advisor Brent
Bedford served on the GlobeSecNine Board of Advisors with
Scowcroft and co-founder of the CIA Counter-Terrorism Center Fred Turco. Others
affiliated with the company are tied directly to the prison industrial complex
and the anti-liberal "war on drugs," for example Jack Lawn, former
administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who serves on the board
On July 3, 2007, Michael Alexander�s name was removed from
the list of Antioch trustees. Two days earlier, he had been sworn in as
president of Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts. There has been speculation
that Antioch�s campus would make a great retirement community, much like the
one at Lasell, known as Lasell Village, "a state-of-the-art eldercare
community with the first-of-its-kind built in educational component."
In 1998 Alexander founded AverStar, where he served as
chairman and chief executive officer, and did business primarily with NASA and
the Defense Department. In 2000, Alexander�s AverStar defense company merged
with the Titan Corporation.
In March 2005, Titan pleaded guilty and paid the largest
penalty under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in history for bribery and
filing false tax returns.
L-3 Communications acquired the Titan Corporation on July
29, 2005. As their corporate website described the company, it "is a
leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training and
government services. The company is a leading merchant supplier of a broad
array of high technology products, including guidance and navigation, sensors,
scanners, fuzes, data links, propulsion systems, simulators, avionics, electro
optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption,
signal intelligence, antennas and microwave components. L-3 also supports a
variety of Homeland Security initiatives with products and services. Its
customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security,
selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime
The L-3 Communications Titan Group brags that 8,000 of its
10,000 employees have "security clearances" and that they are a
leading provider of C4ISR, Command, Control, Communications, Computer,
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance -- "developing and
supporting the systems of today and tomorrow for the United States and Allied
Militaries and defense-related agencies in order for them to carry out their
assigned missions," according to their website.
While Anitoch board members Bedford and Alexander cozied up
with U.S. intelligence and Homeland Security, students at the university
sponsored a national teach-in to expose the atrocities of Guantanamo Bay on
October 5, 2006.
How a college targeted by the FBI and its notorious
COINTELPRO operation during the Cold War as a "vanguard of the New
Left" managed to place two "spook"-connected trustees on their
board is a mystery worth exploring.
Antioch resides in the shadow of Wright Patterson Air Force
Base and its legendary Foreign Technologies Division that reverse engineers
weapons systems from other nations. Its larger neighbor to the west, Ohio State
University, has long been tied up with the CIA�s favorite nonprofit
institution, Battelle, and was one of the 30 or so universities involved in the
MK Ultra mind control LSD experiments in the 1960s.
The Dayton Daily News is reporting that a $5 million
accounting error caused the radical college to close. Others have pointed to
the long-standing rumors of intelligence ties to the Antioch Europe in
Transition study program.
If the CIA or U.S. intelligence services were involved in
the subversion of America�s most anti-imperialist and pro-peace college, it
wouldn�t be the first time that the progressive college campuses have been
infiltrated. The CIA subverted the National Student Association in the late 50s
and early 60s. The agency also has been accused of subverting everything from
fraternities to Fullbright scholars to Peace Corps workers.
The role of these trustees must be heavily scrutinized.
Antioch alumni should be ashamed to allow their college to die until they get
to the bottom of this spooky mystery.
This article originally appeared in The Free Press.
Fitrakis is the author of "The Fitrakis Files: Spooks, Nukes, and Nazis,"
on the role of the CIA in Ohio politics.