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CIA Veteran to Chair Kent State 50th May 4 Commemoration Advisory Committee

Kent State has appointed a 25 year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to chair a committee to create plan and execute activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the shootings at the campus that killed four and wounded nine students on May 4, 1970.

Stephanie Smith, an associate professor in Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was recently chosen as the chair of the 50th May 4 Commemoration Advisory Committee.

According to her Kent State faculty page “as a senior intelligence service executive in the CIA, Smith led thousands of employees, designed and managed programs worth several billion dollars, interacted regularly with Congress, and traveled extensively, including throughout two war zones – Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Amy Reynolds, dean of the College of Communication and Information, described Smith as someone who “cares deeply about what May 4 means to Kent State, to history, to the First Amendment, to activism, to civil discourse, to our students and to the future.”

But many within the May 4 community are not happy with the appointment of Smith to head the committee and they took to the social media to express their revulsion at the appointment.

“I am astounded and disgusted,” wrote Mike Alewitz, an eyewitness to the Kent State shootings. “In all the world, few organizations are as hated as the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – and rightly so. The CIA’s history for carrying out bloodshed and terrorism is unmatched by the most ruthless of repressive secret agencies.”

“The CIA has not only been directly responsible for the torture and death of untold thousands of innocent people, it has trained and put into place the most violent forces of the world’s bloodiest dictators.”

“Now, in an astonishing insult to the memory of the martyrs of the Kent State Massacre, the Kent State administration has named Stephanie Smith to chair the 50th May 4 Commemoration Advisory Committee.”

“The CIA’s grisly history includes the overthrow of democratically elected governments in places like Iran, Guatemala, Indonesia and the Congo – and their subsequent replacement with the most brutal of dictators,” Alewitz wrote.

“The warmakers and their academic-administrative toadies fear the truth. They want to continue the coverup of the 1970 massacres at Kent, Augusta and Jackson. They want to rewrite the history of US atrocities in Vietnam and around the globe – so they may continue to advance their own economic policies of global plunder.”

“We can help prevent them from achieving their goals – by organizing national and international solidarity to demand an end to the lies and an end to the bloodshed.”

“This appointment is a travesty and an insult to all those that seek peace and social justice.”

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