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This project was designed to provide security to CIA recruiters on college campuses.

Verne Lyon, Serendipity: www.serendipity.li, Domestic Surveillance: The History of Operation CHAOS

Circa 1967: "As campus anti-war protest activity spread across the nation, the CIA reacted by implementing two new domestic operations. The first, Project RESISTANCE, was designed to provide security to CIA recruiters on college campuses. Under this program, the CIA sought active cooperation from college administrators, campus security, and local police to help identify anti-war activists, political dissidents, and "radicals." Eventually information was provided to all government recruiters on college campuses and directly to the super-secret DOD on thousands of students and dozens of groups. The CIA's Office of Security also created Project MERRIMAC, to provide warnings about demonstrations being carried out against CIA facilities or personnel in the Washington area. Under both Projects, the CIA infiltrated agents into domestic groups of all types and activities. It used its contacts with local police departments and their intelligence units to pick up its "police skills" and began in earnest to pull off burglaries, illegal entries, use of explosives, criminal frame-ups, shared interrogations, and disinformation."

Church Committee: Book III - Supplementary Detailed Staff Reports on Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans Current Section: A. Project RESISTANCE

"Project RESISTANCE developed out of a narrower program designed to provide direct support to CIA recruiters visiting college campuses. In February, 1967, the Office of Security had directed its field offices to report on the possibilities of violence or harassment at those schools which CIA recruiters planned to visit...The broader RESISTANCE program was initiated by the Deputy Director of the CIA for Support, whose directorate included the Office of Security and who previously had been a Director of Security, himself. In December 1967, he requested the Office of Security to study campus dissidence on a systematic basis."


2/5/69 memo from Special Agent in Charge William P. Curtin to Headquarters: "Information relating to Project Resistance received recently from LI-19, a reliable source of information on subversive activities in the Long Beach area, contained reference to one Jim Rose, an 'ex-CIA agent'...Rose was mentioned in connection with Lawrence John Howard, 12226 Pineville, El Monte, who was born in California on 17 January 1935...(Howard) was 'trying to set up a sanctuary for persons entering or leaving the United States. This sanctuary is to be located in Southern Arizona', where Howard spent his vacation. Limited information indicates this 'sanctuary' is to be located somewhere in the northern part of Mexico. Howard reportedly 'can drive across the Mexican border without encountering the American or Mexican customs checkpoints. After crossing the border (he) rides a day on horseback to reach the sanctuary which is located in virgin pines. This would indicate that this area is at least four thousand feet in height. There are no roads to this area, just a trail.'" Another one of the close acquaintances of Rose and Howard was Jim Brady or Brody, who was "in the area working for Jim Garrison of New Orleans."

104-10120-10133: PROJECT RESISTANCE

11/19/68 memo from Los Angeles field office to Headquarters re: Project Resistance: "Attached is a report regarding Roy Emory Hargraves, 882 Via Wanda, Long Beach, who was arrested for the 22 October 1968 bombing of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) Peace Center, 2628 E. Anaheim, Long Beach. Hargraves, an unemployed iron worker, married to Carol L., was born in Missouri on 14 February 1940...LI-19 stated that Hargraves, who admitted an arrest for gun smuggling in Miami, Florida, in 1965, claimed that he worked with the Central Intelligence Agency in Florida...Subject was interviewed and admitted the bombing...(subject pled guility)...He is close to Jose Antonio Duarte (ex-major in F. Castro's Army). Major DUARTE is trying to get close to the CUBAN POWER group but is not trusted by them because of his ex-ties to Castro. Subject denied any connections with CUBAN POWER except through Duarte. He said that he got the explosives from Duarte...Duarte knew he was going to do the bombing and indicated that this type action could get him into the CUBAN POWER group...Subject hinted that he was also responsible for the bombing of the (Los Angeles FREE PRESS) about one or two days prior to the Long Beach SDS bombing but would not fully admit it...Subject admitted having been along with Lloyd E. Pullen on 7-22-68 REDACTED when they broke windows out of the Peace & Freedom Party office, 1706 Atlantic, Long Beach, and committed a battery on Theodore Glaum, however he said Pullen has never taken part in any bombings."

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