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The Officers Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs. The FYSA worked with the International Organizations Division, which later was folded into the Covert Action Division. The FYSA's funding mechanism was known as SGGUESSER, and provided funds to the International Student Conference.
The FYSA was named as the major source for funds for the NSA/WSCHILD and also the International Student Conference/FJHEARSAY. https://archive.org/stream/kampusvue110fitc/kampusvue110fitc_djvu.txt

Buell Gallagher became head of CUNY in 1952 http://digital-archives.ccny.cuny.edu/archival-collections/observation_post/1952/Vol%2012_No%201_September_22_1952.pdf

Important 10/3/63 document (MEXI-6384) missing.https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=99892#relPageId=116&tab=page

See 104-10092-10267: MEXI-6385, slugline DTDORIC HBEPITOME, identifies organizations as REDACTED, CNE (See 104-10269-10186, the Confederacion Nacional de Estudiantes), and FUSA (is FUSA another student group or a typo for FYSA?). FYSA/HBEPITOME was also known as SGGUESSER - see https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=221547#relPageId=24 also see 104-10059-10026, p. 24 and p. 30.

124-10281-10011: No Title

List of "Front or Cover Organizations, Foundations, Allegedly Utilized by CIA": This list includes the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs, as well as the U.S. Youth Council, World Assembly of Youth, and the International Student Conference.

Eugene G. Schwartz, American Students Organize: Founding the National Student Association After World War II, p. 124 - https://books.google.com/books?id=lhDo0-A71SYC&pg=PA124&lpg=PA124&dq=%22foundation+of+youth+and+student+affairs%22&source=bl&ots=cg1tMBm6Ee&sig=ACfU3U1g5NzmAplQKRfZmJILXmDW5J4LrA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjV1IvkqNbjAhUHJzQIHXsbDA0Q6AEwBnoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22foundation%20of%20youth%20and%20student%20affairs%22&f=false

Circa 1950s: "(John Simons) will also be remembered in NSA's later history as executive director of the Foundation for Student and Youth Affairs, which served as a major conduit for covert US government funding of NSA's international programs from the 1950s through 1967...Simons' importance to the period of NSA's story...is his early leadership and advocacy for NSA as one of the early spokespeople in the Catholic college student movement. Fordham was an active and supportive member of the Metropolitan New York region of NSA..."


Buell Gallagher was the president of City College of NY in 1957. He continued as president of CUNY until his resignation at the height of the open admissions battle in 1969 - see Anthony G. Picciano, et al. CUNY’s First Fifty Years: Triumphs and Ordeals of a People’s University, p. 40; p. 120.

1994.04.12.15:47:41:690005: Reel 26, Folder E - DRE.

October 1961: "ORMEU is the co-ordinating organization of Latin American student movements with headquarters in Chile. It is backed by the Chilean Christian Democratic Party...(the leaders) have decided to include the DRE in all their plans despite its exile status and its US base. (When two of ORMEU's heads went to NYC to raise funds) the two of them contacted the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs. Here IO enters the picture since this foundation is one of their funding mechanisms (SGGUESSER)...a note on the affiliations of the main student organizations: ISC (or COSEC) - free world; WAY - free world; IUS - communist; WDFY - communist; FEU (Havana) - Castroite and communist."

David Miller, The JFK Conspiracy, p. 59

"On May 6, 1963, a 'new, non-partisan Citizens' Committee for a Free Cuba' was formed at Freedom House in New York City. Leo Cherne, a Freedom House official long associated with the CIA, was a member of the Committee, along with Christopher Emmet (an active member of the CIA-funded International Rescue Committee that was active in Vietnam), Clare Boothe Luce, Dr. Buell Gallagher (a member of the CIA-funded Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs), Dr. Edward Teller (a member of the John Birch Society Society-dominated Western Goals in the 1980s), and Ernest Cuneo (president of the North American Newspaper Alliance, which employed Patricia Johnson when she interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald in Moscow). The Citizens' Committee for a Free Cuba was clearly a CIA creation, designed to put pressure on President Kennedy." (A second citation of Gallagher as FYSA can be found in Sidney Blumenthal's Government by Gunplay, p. 163.)


11/19/63 memo from Chief, KUWOLF to Chief of Station, Mexico City re WSACROBAT/ZRAFRAID Literacy Seminar: There are HBEPITOME agents within WSACROBAT. These case officers approved of the seminar but not the participation of the communist led RCPLANETs from the Central American countries. The ZRAFRAID delegation was led by LIQUIFIER-7, president-elect of ZRAFRAID. In Sept 1963, LIQUIFIER-7 (the new ZRAFRAID president- elect) agreed to a national seminar on literacy. Seminar set for Dec 12-22. "HBEPITOME agents in WSACROBAT would now like to move ahead with the implementation of the seminar before the end of the year because of other program commitments following January and have submitted a plan to Headquarters for coordination. The plan has been forwarded to MEXI under separate cover." Here is a 1962 photo of Leo Cherne and Dickey Chappelle: https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Image/IM32739


12/5/63: Discussion of the Latin American Study Seminar and the concern about it being held at an "unfriendly site". Also see 104-10101-10134 (duplicate). "Cordero should be assured continuing COSEC (FJHEARSAY) support literacy seminar and desire holding that event at earliest date convenient." - - - 12/05/63: Cable from Director to Paris/LCPIPPIT (Orig: Manuel Aragon, CA/D5): CITE DIR 87037: DTDORIC HBEPITOME: REF: DIR 87036: "IDENTITIES: A. Donald Emerson - North American secretary COSEC. B. Raul Avila - Latin American secretary COSEC." https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=234959#relPageId=1 - - - Also see follow-up to this cable: http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=28477&search=hbepitome#relPageId=2&tab=page


12/10/63, DIR 88294: "LIQUIFER-7 letter to Raymond N. Laffitte requests meeting 12 Dec to discuss L-7 future work MEXI professional and student field. Also says will meet Officers Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA) and the Institute for International Youth Affairs (IIYA)...FYI L-7 has told Laffitte he interested presidency CMDJ which he would try (to) revitalize."

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/SCHOLZ%2C ARNO VOL. 2_0136.pdf

7/28/66: Cable from Berlin Station to Director, slugline KEYWAY CADORY HBEPITOME: In response to "HQS has need for 1 to 3 time funding of South Vietnamese Group.", Berlin responded: "Agree ref suggestion and can ask Camlet if he willing act as funding channel as soon as Headquarters so directs. Suggest Director also consider one of REDACTED's firms, REDACTED bank, and REDACTED...believe REDACTED would be interested in building school dormitory through his new foundation but would want major contribution WOFACT/CIA funds."


8/19/66 cable: "Foundation established April 1965 with resources former ()foundation...believe foundation could be used as funding to mechanism SVN youth program." SVN is an apparent reference to South Vietnam.

104-10059-10026: Indications of the Scope and Possible Damage of New Allegations by Ramparts Magazine

When Ramparts uncovered the CIA funding student groups in 1967, the CIA wrote a memo saying that the FYSA funded and controlled a Manhattan organization as a "proprietary" from 1961-1966. At p. 30: "Unwitting recipient of cover grants, 1955-1956, by FYSA (Project HBEPITOME/SGGUESSER)."

Karen M. Paget, Patriotic Betrayal: https://www.amazon.com/Patriotic-Betrayal-Campaign-American-Communism/dp/0300205082/ref=sr_1_1?crid=4A7ZIR15XU64&keywords=patriotic+betrayal&qid=1682023547&s=books&sprefix=patriotic+betr%2Cstripbooks%2C136&sr=1-1

Karen M. Paget, herself a former member of the NSA, mined hundreds of archival sources and declassified documents, and interviewed more than 150 people, to uncover precisely how the CIA turned the NSA into an intelligence asset during the Cold War, with students used—sometimes wittingly but usually unwittingly—as undercover agents inside America and abroad. A rich and suspenseful account of an under-examined episode in the Cold War, Patriotic Betrayal describes the relationship from its inception in 1947, when both the NSA and CIA were established, to 1967, when public exposure forced the CIA to discontinue the arrangement while successfully engineering a cover-up of the extent of its penetration into the NSA.

Bill Simpich

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