[Buddha-l] Students as potential spooks?

sjziobro at cs.com sjziobro at cs.com
Mon Feb 6 11:00:09 MST 2012


Thank you for your further clarification.  It never occurred to me that, outside of West Point and the other military schools, there would be academic programs devoted to inquiry into intelligence matters.  That said, it seems reasonable that the developers of such a program would seek a formal relationship with those involved in religious studies.  Intelligence personnel need to know about many matters if they're to be successful in their field of endeavor.  The CIA, for example, regularly assesses religious influence within any particular society or culture.  But this relation does seem initially arresting.  Can you conceive of any way this question might have some corrolary with the study of Buddhism?

Kind regards,


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Hayes <rhayes at unm.edu>
To: Buddhist discussion forum <buddha-l at mailman.swcp.com>
Sent: Sun, Feb 5, 2012 5:36 pm
Subject: Re: [Buddha-l] Students as potential spooks?

On Feb 5, 2012, at 1:05 PM, sjziobro at cs.com wrote:
> I figured that if you knew anybody in the intelligence communities you'd at 
east have more to judge on than a priori notions that intelligence work is 
nherently evil.
As a rule, I am careful to make as few a priori claims as possible. In this 
pecific case I have no notion (either a priori or a posteriori) that 
ntelligence work is evil. I have no objection to the CIA recruiting on campus. 
hat I found surprising is that there is now an academic program at my 
niversity in which one can major in such things, and especially that that 
cademic program is seeking a formal relationship with religious studies. The 
est of what I said was an obviously unsuccessful attempt at humor, for which I 
ereby offer my abject apology. 
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