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First black tape, now velcro: Second ‘secret’ recording device found at Harvard Law

Another clandestine recording device allegedly has been discovered at Harvard Law School, this time in a classroom.

The timing of this discovery aligns with the revelation of a device found at the Caspersen Student Center Lounge (or, as the radical activist group Reclaim Harvard Law calls it, “Belinda Hall”) last week.

A student unaffiliated with Reclaim claims to have found this second machine.

Subsequent “separate inspections” by Law School personnel, Harvard Police, and activists disclosed velcro strips under various pieces of furniture in classrooms and in Caspersen which could be used to hold recording gadgets.

A member of Reclaim said that the targeted classrooms “have extensively discussed recent activism at the school.”

Reclaim remains highly suspicious of the Harvard administration and campus police. Members had refused to give the HUPD any evidence of the first (alleged) device.

The Harvard Crimson reports:

Activists said they have not yet turned the first recording device over to investigating officers because they are working with attorneys to protect the people whose sensitive conversations were captured, Tylek said. She also said activists have only briefly interacted with police officers and felt uncomfortable divulging information with administrators present. She said Sells requested that they hand over the device to HUPD.

Reclaim Harvard Law members publicly aired concerns about what they perceive as collaboration between administrators and HUPD during the investigation in a press release Tuesday.

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“We find it hard to trust the Harvard University Police Department charged with the investigation given their close relationship with the administration,” second-year Law student Simratpal Kaur wrote in the statement.

Administrators initially offered to assist in the HUPD sweep of the student lounge on Monday. Law School spokesperson Robb London said administrators who were present only offered to lift furniture and were not sent to intervene in the sweep. Still, Tylek said activists found this behavior inappropriate in a criminal investigation, even one occurring at the school at the request of administrators.

“If it is a criminal investigation, it should be conducted by the police without the input of an interested party,” Tylek said.

London denied any inappropriate partnership with police officers.

Let’s see – activists refuse to turn over any evidence they have of surreptitious surveillance, and not long after strips of velcro are “discovered” under furniture which appear to solidify the activists’ claims.

Sound familiar? Like strips of black tape placed over portraits – an action which just happens to have coincided with Harvard’s own “race justice solidarity” protests? And the investigation into which turned up zilch?

Read the full Crimson story.

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