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December 22, 2016
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July 19, 2010
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May 29, 1980
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/19: CIA-RDP90-00806R000201150013-8 By Jan Schaffer .,q.irerStall writer The Daily Pennsylvanian, the stu- dent newspaper-at the University of Pennsylvania, yesterday filed suit accusing the CIA of deliberately stal- ling on the newspaper's request for information. The suit says that, under the feder- al Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). the newspaper in September 1977 asked for access to all docu- ments pertaining to the relationships between the CIA and members of the university community. However, in May 1979, the CIA supplied only a portion of the docu- ments and has failed to respond to the newspaper's appeal for almost a year, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court. "This is an inordinately long peri- od of time," said Jack Levine, the newspaper's attorney: The FOIA requires a government agency to respond within 10 days to an initial request and 20 days to an appeal. The suit contends that the agency is deliberately stalling while it tries to secure passage of new leg;;siation' that would exempt it from the FOIA requirements. Among the items.that the newspa- per asserts were withheld are docu- ments pertaining to Project MK- ULTRA, a CIA project conducted from 1953 to 1964 that included re- search on drugs, behavior modifica- tion and mind-altering techniques. In 1977, along with 80 other universi- ties and companies, the university was informed that some of the re- search for the project was conducted at Penn. The paper asked for information of activities in the university communi- ty by the CIA, FBI,or foreign intelli- gence agents monitoring foreign student dissidents. It also sought disclosure of docu- ments pertaining to CHAOS and RE- SISTANCE, CIA projects that involved surveillance of American dissenters on college campuses during the Viet- nam War. In addition, the paper asked for documents pertaining to organiza- tions that served as "fronts" for the CIA to fund information-gathering or research by people in the university community. Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/19: CIA-RDP90-00806R000201150013-8