Aryeh Neier

Aryeh is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. He was formerly executive director of Human Rights Watch, and executive director of the ACLU. 

Recent Articles

When the Student Movement Was a CIA Front

Bob Wands
Bob Wands/AP Images Gloria Steinem went from willing CIA accomplice to feminist icon. This book review appears in the Winter 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Patriotic Betrayal: The Inside Story of the CIA's Secret Campaign to Enroll American Students in the Crusade Against Communism By Karen M. Paget 552 pp. Yale University Press $35 I n its March 1967 issue, Ramparts, a glossy West Coast muckraking periodical that expired in 1975, and that strongly opposed American involvement in the war in Vietnam, published an exposé of the close relationship between the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Student Association. This other NSA—not to be confused with the National Security Agency—was then the leading American organization representing college students, with branches on about 400 campuses. Its ties with the CIA were formed in the early years of both institutions following World War II, as the Cold War was getting under way. According to Ramparts...