Political Policing: The United States and Latin America

Political Policing: The United States and Latin America

by Martha K. Huggins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822321726

ISBN-13: 9780822321729

Pub. Date: 07/20/1998

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Reconstructing eighty years of history, Political Policing examines the nature and consequences of U.S. police training in Brazil and other Latin American countries. With data from a wide range of primary sources, including previously classified U.S. and Brazilian government documents, Martha K. Huggins uncovers how U.S. strategies to gain political control

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Reconstructing eighty years of history, Political Policing examines the nature and consequences of U.S. police training in Brazil and other Latin American countries. With data from a wide range of primary sources, including previously classified U.S. and Brazilian government documents, Martha K. Huggins uncovers how U.S. strategies to gain political control through police assistance—in the name of hemispheric and national security—has spawned torture, murder, and death squads in Latin America.

After a historical review of policing in the United States and Europe over the past century, Huggins reveals how the United States, in order to protect and strengthen its position in the world system, has used police assistance to establish intelligence and other social control infrastructures in foreign countries. The U.S.-encouraged centralization of Latin American internal security systems, Huggins claims, has led to the militarization of the police and, in turn, to an increase in state-sanctioned violence. Furthermore, Political Policing shows how a domestic police force—when trained by another government—can lose its power over legitimate crime as it becomes a tool for the international interests of the nation that trains it.

Pointing to U.S. responsibility for violations of human rights by foreign security forces, Political Policing will provoke discussion among those interested in international relations, criminal justice, human rights, and the sociology of policing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822321729
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/20/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Policing International Politics: Theory and Practice1
2"Gunboat" Policing: The First Twenty-five Years25
3"Good Neighbor" Policing41
4From Policing Espionage to Supressing "Communism": World War II and Its Aftermath58
5Policing Containment79
6Counterinsurgency Policing: Internationalization and Professionalization99
7Policing Brazil's "Cleanup," 1964-1968119
8Repression and the Brazilian Police, 1968-1969141
9Fortifying Security and Privatizing Repression: Torture and Death Squads in Authoritarian Devolution, 1969-1970161
10Closing the Circle: Devolution Abroad and at Home187
Conclusion Police Assistance as a "Protection Racket"197
Appendixes205
Notes209
References213
Index237

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