Noam Chomsky and MIT
11-01-2012, 06:04 AM
RE: Noam Chomsky and MIT
Nobody called him a monster.
“If there’s a God He’s calling me back home, this barrel never felt so good next to my dome. It’s cold and I’d rather die than live alone.”
11-01-2012, 02:56 PM (This post was last modified: 11-01-2012 02:56 PM by Boboulas.)
RE: Noam Chomsky and MIT
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I am the Abraham Lincoln of the forum, I free the slaves.
11-01-2012, 03:40 PM (This post was last modified: 12-14-2012 01:19 PM by 1871.)
RE: Noam Chomsky and MIT
Campus unrest: Students march on the Instrumentation Lab in 1969, protesting MIT’s involvement in military research. MIT
To this day, MIT draws more than $750 million a year in Defense Department funding, including on-campus research as well as classified work on national security at its Lexington-based Lincoln Laboratory. That figure accounts for more than half of all MIT research and makes it one of the top five universities funded by the Department of Defense.
“Universities should not be in the offensive weapons business, but in terms of providing the kind of technologies that can help secure the nation, that’s something we should be doing,’’ said Claude Canizares, a physics professor and vice president who oversees MIT’s research activity and policy.
The institute’s academic enterprise and Defense Department backing have not always coexisted peacefully. As antiwar protests roiled college campuses across the nation in the late 1960s, faculty and student activists at MIT objected to the militarization of university research.
Students at the university stormed the president’s office with a battering ram. They bombed the bathroom at the Center for International Studies, which had accepted CIA funding since its founding during the Cold War. They took over the student center to provide sanctuary for an Army deserter, and organized a day for a campus-wide discussion on the problems surrounding science, technology, and society.
The uproar at MIT ignited a national debate on the military’s influence on universities and the social responsibility of scientists and engineers, ultimately prompting MIT to move all classified research off campus, said Chomsky, the leading faculty activist who sat on a committee to determine the future of MIT’s defense laboratories.
Ellsberg, a former Defense Department consultant and analyst at the RAND Corporation, arrived at MIT’s Center for International Studies in the fall of 1970 to work on a paper critical of the government’s handling of Vietnam. The previous fall, he had photocopied a 7,000-page, top secret report about US decision-making in Vietnam, later known as the Pentagon Papers, which he helped write during his time at RAND, and distributed it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
This is a very intetresting dynamic. On the one hand its claimed that classified work was moved off campus then;
Quote:MIT draws more than $750 million a year in Defense Department funding, including on-campus research as well as classified work on national security
So classified work was moved off then moved back on ? And what occurred in the interim? ie from the protests in 1969 to 1989;
Twenty years later, MIT still doing military research projects
Volume 109 >> Issue 6 : Friday, February 24, 1989
A Crack in the Dome / Daniel J. Glenn
Recently a new display-case was built to fit in the staircase in Building 8, at the easternmost end of the Infinite Corridor. One day while wandering up that staircase I paused to look inside. The first thing I noticed were the golf club heads, each carefully posed like a golfer's trophy on a wooden base with a little sign stating: Metal Wood Golf Clubs. Pretty exciting stuff, I thought to myself, no wonder I never look in these things.
Next to the golf club heads lay a Rear Window Hinge -- Station Wagon, then a Guided Missile Control Fin, wait a minute, a guided missile control fin? Then, a Gunport, F18 Fighter, and next to that there was a Hinge Load for Battle Rocket. And finally, in the lower right hand corner, lay a Cluster-Bomb Wingshaft.
A bigger sign hung above the golf club heads and weapons parts that read: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Hitchner Manufacturing Company, Inc.
I tried to imagine what students might tell their parents when they come upon this display while touring the halls around graduation:
"Look Mom, I'm gonna build a cluster-bomb!"
"Oh, how nice dear, what is that for?"
"They're anti-personnel weapons, designed to kill the maximum number of people on impact. You know Mom, the ones they've been using in El Salvador! They're like big hand grenades, except instead of shrapnel, they're filled with little bombs that fly out in all directions to get 'em while they're runnin'."
In the midst of the Vietnam War in spring semester of 1969, the newly formed Union of Concerned Scientists proposed a research stoppage at MIT to be held on March 4 to protest governmental misuses of science and technology and the academic community's involvement in war-related research.
The March 4 action led to a series of protests, headed by the Science Action Coordinating Committee (SACC), that resulted in the removal of classified research from campus, and in the creation of the Science, Technology and Society program at MIT. Nationally, the event sparked similar strikes around the country and was the beginning of a nationwide movement of scientists and engineers who began to push for the responsible use of technology.
Next week is the twentieth anniversary of this historic event. Unfortunately, military research is still very much a part of MIT. MIT is currently engaged in several hundred research projects for the Department of Defense. The following are examples of unclassified on-campus research (obtained from government research-contract documents by SACC) for the DOD: Department of Materials Science -- "hardening of integrated circuits to withstand nuclear attack"; Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences -- "target identification using infrared radar"; Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science -- "optical signal processing for missile guidance"; Department of Civil Engineering -- "arctic military facilities"; Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics -- "application of composite materials for Army helicopter blades"; Plasma Fusion Center -- "SDI space-based radar."
The following statement, signed in 1969 by 50 members of the faculty, is as relevant today as when it first appeared in The Tech two decades ago.
Union of Concerned Scientists Statement of Jan. 27, 1969:
Misuse of scientific and technical knowledge presents a major threat to the existence of mankind. Through its actions in Vietnam our government has shaken our confidence in its ability to make wise and humane decisions. There is also disquieting evidence of an intention to enlarge further our immense destructive capability.
The response of the scientific community to these developments has been hopelessly fragmented. There is a small group that helps to conceive these policies, and a handful of eminent men who have tried but largely failed to stem the tide from within the government. The concerned majority has been on the sidelines and ineffective. We feel that it is no longer possible to remain uninvolved.
We therefore call on scientists and engineers at MIT, and throughout the country, to unite for concerted action and leadership: Action against dangers already unleashed and leadership towards a more responsible exploitation of scientific knowledge. With these ends in mind we propose:
1. To initiate a critical and continuing examination of governmental policy in areas where science and technology are of actual or potential significance.
2. To devise means for turning research applications away from the present emphasis on military technology towards the solution of pressing environmental and social problems.
3. To convey to our students the hope that they will devote themselves to bringing the benefits of science and technology to mankind, and to ask them to scrutinize the issues raised here before participating in the construction of destructive weapons.
4. To express our determined opposition to ill-advised and hazardous projects such as the ABM system, the enlargement of our nuclear arsenal, and the development of chemical and biological weapons.
5. To explore the feasibility of organizing scientists and engineers so that their desire for a more humane and civilized world can be translated into effective political action.
As a first step towards reaching these ob
jectives we ask our colleagues --faculty and students -- to stop their research actively at MIT on March 4 and to join us for a day devoted to examination of the present situation and its alternatives. On that day, we propose to engage in intensive public discussions and planning for future actions along the lines suggested above.
If you share our profound apprehension and are seeking a mode of expression which is at once practical and symbolic, join us on March 4.
Daniel J. Glenn, a graduate student in the Department of Architecture, is a columnist for The Tech.
How magnanimous of you.
So has Chomsky stopped drone research at the MIT?
Has he led student protests to get it stopped?
Has he threatened to resign if drone development at the MIT is not stopped?
Yes or no?