Big Sis and DHS Move On Campus
March 6, 2012
The Department of Homeland Security has moved its surveillance operations on campus.
On Thursday of last week, DHS boss Janet Napolitano appointed University of Montana President Royce Engstrom to a newly formed council, the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
It is made up of 19 university and college heads from around the country and will “advise the department on a wide range of issues from how the DHS can better recruit from campuses to emergency preparedness,” according to The Kaimin, a University of Montana campus newspaper.
The new council will meet quarterly, according to the Federal Register, and appointees will serve for two, three or four years.
“It is an opportunity to have a conversation about how education can be involved in national security,” UM Vice President Jim Foley said.
The DHS insisted the new council is not about monitoring students and professors, but is about “making the academic community aware of their surroundings.”