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Cut Overseas Police Training Programs

Photograph Source: Lorie Shaull from St Paul, United States – CC BY-SA 2.0
By Jeremy Kuzmarov | CounterPunch | June 15, 2020

The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has ignited protests across the United States and calls to demilitarize and defund the police.

A similar demand should be made to cut overseas police training programs including in Afghanistan.

The U.S. government has long adopted overseas police training as a cornerstone of nation building and counterinsurgency programs.

The idea is that American police will instill professional and democratic standards, including a respect for civil liberties among foreign counterparts and help stabilize violence prone countries.

The Floyd killing has exposed, however, that American police lack professional and humane standards and need to be retrained and reformed. They are ill suited to improve other countries’ police.

In Afghanistan, where the U.S. has spent an estimated $87 billion dollars over nineteen years training security forces, the police are notorious for corruption, sectarianism, incompetence and brutality.

In an interview quoted in the Afghanistan Papers, Thomas Johnson, a Navy official who served as a counterinsurgency adviser in Kandahar province, said that Afghans viewed the police as predatory bandits, calling them “the most hated institution” in Afghanistan.

This latter outcome resulted in part from the militarized tactics promoted by American advisers and their importation of police technologies which could be used for repressive ends.

In Honduras, where the U.S. expanded police aid following a 2009 coup d’états that ousted the mildly progressive José Manuel Zelaya, American trained units have been implicated in torture and drug related corruption, and carried out predawn raids of activists involved in protesting contested elections.

These units were trained under an initiative promoted by President Obama and extended by Trump that provided hundreds of millions of dollars for law enforcement training and assistance, mostly under the War on Drugs.

In the early 1960s, the Kennedy administration created the United States Agency for International Development’s infamous Office of Public Safety (OPS), to modernize the police forces in countries considered vulnerable to communist subversion.

Headed by CIA agent Byron Engle, who combined a deep commitment to civilian police work with an appreciation for the darker areas of political police intelligence, the OPS initially employed liberal reformers.

As political policing gained primacy, however, OPS agents became contemptuous of human rights and imported policing technologies that were used to hunt down dissidents and violently quell protests.

Charles Maechling Jr., staff director of the Special Group on Counterinsurgency under Kennedy, acknowledged that in failing to “insist on even rudimentary standards of criminal justice and civil rights, the United States provided regimes having only a façade of constitutional safeguards with up-dated law enforcement machinery readily adaptable to political intimidation and state terrorism. Record keeping in particular was immediately put to use tracking down student radicals and union organizers.”

By 1973, the OPS was abolished by Congress because of its connection to torture carried out by U.S. trained police forces in South Vietnam and Brazil.

Many OPS veterans subsequently returned to work for police forces back in the U.S., where some continued to promote tactics that encouraged police abuse, including in the suppression of urban riots.

Unfortunately, there is a long pattern of abuse in American police forces, that overseas police programs have helped to compound.

As momentum grows for a transformation of the police, activists should be demanding an end to the practice of exporting police repression and a change to the American approach towards foreign policy more broadly.

Jeremy Kuzmarov is the author of The Russians are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce (Monthly Review Press, 2018) and Obama’s Unending Wars: Fronting for the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State (Atlanta: Clarity Press, 2019).

June 15, 2020 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Corruption, Progressive Hypocrite, Subjugation - Torture | , , , ,

23 Comments »

  1. The Minnesota Police are apparently trained in Israel. Are the American police unable to train their police properly in the USA?
    Asking the Israeli’s how to train domestic police officers is like pouring petrol on a fire, because Israeli Police treat Palestinians like animals.
    Maybe the USA police should take a lesson from the British police, who know how to deal with every situation, without a confrontational approach.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 15, 2020 | Reply

  2. US law enforcement receives training from Israeli special forces domestically and internationally and it’s indeed like training the Fox to guard the henhouse However, British police aren’t that much better.

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    Comment by Guilded Rage | June 16, 2020 | Reply

  3. You are correct Brian Harry.
    I am not saying there is no worthwhile info in this article, but the neckhold seems to be from Israel – possibly a Krav Maga tactic, a fighting form created by a Nakba terrorist and not known for its restraint. Ever since Alexander Cockburn passed on Counterpunch has gone soft on Zionism. Former IDF author Yoav Litvin is quoted as saying,”‘the positive aspect of Zionism,’ which is ‘the image of a Jew who is a fighter.’ As a result of Jewish experience of persecution, he said, ‘We can lead a fight with all our brothers and sisters in minority communities.’”[1]
    So, it may just be a coincidence, but it may not be.

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    Comment by 4justice | June 16, 2020 | Reply

    • “We mustn’t forget that some of greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish…Jewish deputies established and managed the Gulag system.”

      https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3342999,00.html

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      Comment by Guilded Rage | June 16, 2020 | Reply

    • Krav Haganah to be exact. Strong connection to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that Zio-puppet Bolsonaro’s Neanderthugs and Neanderthots are using against Afro-Indigenous/Afro-Brazilians. The failure of Blanqueamiento to bury Reparations is the reason for their genocidal ‘Final Solution’ via COVID Eugenics.

      COVID-19 could complete the conquest of the Americas that started 500 years ago | By destroying Amazonia’s last uncontacted peoples, it will do what smallpox and others did in centuries past.

      The catastrophic impact of new diseases is one of the reasons why there are over 100 indigenous peoples on Earth today who deliberately avoid interaction with outsiders.

      Population loss due to diseases introduced during and after contact has been catastrophic  — the statistics are shocking.

      Over 50 per cent of the Matis tribe died following first contact in the 1970s. Nearly all their shamans with medicinal knowledge perished as flu decimated them.

      “we were very frightened of the whites because they always want to kill us… I tried to talk with the whites, but they didn’t understand. But we caught illnesses in their camp and then everyone rushed into the forest… We got pneumonia. A lot of people died. Disease hit everyone and now we don’t have shamans anymore.”

      https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/world/covid-19-could-complete-the-conquest-of-the-americas-that-started-500-years-ago-70772

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      Comment by Guilded Rage | June 16, 2020 | Reply

  4. U.S. police being trained in Israel. Fuck that shit.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 16, 2020 | Reply

    • The U.S. government’s visits to Israel. Fuck that shit.

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      Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 16, 2020 | Reply

    • Nonsense posts meant to sow chaos and prevent reasoned dialog. F*%$ that S^$t

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      Comment by 4justice | June 16, 2020 | Reply

  5. Nuttyyahoo’s visits to the U.S. government. Fuck that shit.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 16, 2020 | Reply

  6. Dual citizenship of the U.S. government. Fuck that shit.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 16, 2020 | Reply

  7. Voting? Fuck that shit.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 16, 2020 | Reply

  8. Democraps? Fuck that shit. Repukes? Fuck that shit. Are you all morons?

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 16, 2020 | Reply

    • …well yes, I guess you are.

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      Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 16, 2020 | Reply

  9. Oh, and God forbid we talk about the “Native Americans”. Oh dear no. It’s all about the blacks, where they sit their asses on stolen ground. No, that doesn’t work for me.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 16, 2020 | Reply

    • HOLD UP! This is blasphemy! Is it YOU, melanin-deficient, cognitively-dissonant Neanderthugs/thots that are audaciously breathing on stolen land! All the ZioNazi land, resource, culture, identity and inheritance thefts are to untenably claim ownership of BLACK peoples’ property!

      Luzia: the most precious victim of the fire at the National Museum
      Its 12,000-year-old skull revealed that the first inhabitants of our continent were black, similar to Aboriginal people from Australia… there is no doubt: they were representatives of an ancestral people who arrived in South America BEFORE the ancestors of the current Indians (aka Zionist Slavetrading Casino Mobster, 5-Dollar Pretendians)!

      https://super.abril.com.br/ciencia/luzia-a-vitima-mais-preciosa-do-incendio-no-museu-nacional/

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      Comment by Guilded Rage | June 16, 2020 | Reply

  10. White, Black, Purple, that doesn’t work for me. I hate ALL statues that humans have made for themselves. ALL. How disgusting what humans have done. ALL humans.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 16, 2020 | Reply

  11. MLK statue, NO. JFK statue, NO. Mount Rushmore can go fuck itself.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 16, 2020 | Reply

    • I mean honestly. Human faces carved into a mountain? Go fuck yourself.

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      Comment by Tsisageya 1 | June 16, 2020 | Reply

  12. THE ISRAELI ASSASSINS

    “DANGEROUS LIAISON: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE U.S.- ISRAELI COVERT RELATIONSHIP by Andrew Cockburn/Leslie Cockbure
    Brian Lamb:
    Leslie Cockburn, what was the most interesting part of writing this book?

    Leslie Cockburn

    THE INSIDE STORY OF THE U.S.-ISRAELI COVERT RELATIONSHIP”:
    There are a number of things. For example, one particular part which I found most interesting was we talk about Israeli operations in Colombia and some of the Israeli commandos who trained the hit squads of the Medellin cartel. It turns out that they had trained us in Israel as well when they were between trips to Colombia. These were the same people who also trained most of the top commanders in the Guatemalan military and also trained the Contras. They had a firm that was under license to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and then they’d turn up in the jungles of Puerto Boyac in Colombia. So, we had a lot of adventures, I must say.

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    Comment by Dave Rubin | June 16, 2020 | Reply

    • “If the American people ever find out what we have done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us.” – George HW Bush’s answer to Sarah McClendon’s question:

      “What will the people do if they ever find out the truth about Iraq-gate and Iran contra?”

      The Truth About Israel, Iran and 1980s U.S. Arms Deals | Recently declassified Pentagon documents reveal a strange, not to say illicit, 1980s operation called ‘Tipped Kettle,’ in which weapons stolen by Israel in Lebanon (Note: Israel false-flag attacked US Marines in 1982 Beirut) were transferred to the Contras and to anti-American elements in Iran.

      https://www.haaretz.com/1.5145188

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      Comment by Guilded Rage | June 16, 2020 | Reply

  13. I shall not “like” this post, because the author misses a crucial point: the *importing” of honed-on-hapless-Palestinians Zionist police tactics — very much including the sadistic “knee on neck” — from the Zionist monster so-called Israel…taught to US police officials/on-the-beat cops “on the ground” in Illegally Occupied Palestine and at sites like Chicago in the US, and at numerous/many other locales around the world…offered to institutionalize a particularly odious and poisonous Zionist tool of control and domination. (And think of the shekels amassed by the Zios for their vile efforts….)

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    Comment by roberthstiver | June 16, 2020 | Reply

  14. Tsisageya. We all live in hope that one day, you will make an intelligent comment…..We won’t hold our breath waiting though. Have you sought psychiatric help yet??

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 16, 2020 | Reply


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