Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


UCSB Students Dressed as Clowns Pun'k The CIA

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

CIA recruitment on UC campuses have always been a controversial topic. But Thursday UCSB students sent in the clowns to "rescue" a protester who was being "waterboarded".

To add insult to injury the clowns then followed the CIA recruiter out of the building and chased him to his car before he sped out of town.

A group of several protesters dressed in clown costumes and painted faces followed a CIA recruiter last night from his presentation in the UCen to his car behind the Thunderdome. A CIA recruitment and informational meeting was taking place in a conference room on the UCen's lower level, when, at 5 p.m., a group of protesters interrupted the recruiter's PowerPoint presentation by placing one of their fellow clowns on the front table, binding his hands and arms, and pouring water on his face to simulate waterboarding torture in front of the presentation's unsuspecting audience. The group also held a mock press conference citing historical torture statistics and played limbo with a fuzzy green boa before the recruiters quickly packed up their equipment and left the room. - Daily Nexus

While we can understand waterboarding (actually, no we can't), the use of PowerPoint in a presentation really should also be considered a vile form of torture that no one - especially growing minds - should have to endure. Anyways, bravo, Gauchos.