Thursday, June 19, 2008

WHAT THE U.S., LEARNED ABUT RUNNING A DEATH SQUAD OR BACKING A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT IN LATIN AMERICA AND HOW IT COULD BE APPLIED ELSEWHERE (LIKE HERE)

US Army Field Manual FM 31-20-3, Foreign Internal Defense Tactics Techniques and Procedures for Special Forces; 2004 edition.

Made US Army doctrine on 20 September 1994; 219 printed pages.

Written at the sensitive but unclassified level.

WIKILEAKS This sensitive US military counterinsurgency manual could be critically described as "What we learned about running death squads and propping up corrupt government in Latin America and how to apply it to other places". Its contents are both history defining for Latin America and, given the continued role of US Special Forces in the suppression of insurgencies and guerilla movements world wide, history making.

The document, which is official US Special Forces policy, directly advocates training paramilitaries, pervasive surveillance, censorship, press control, restrictions on labor unions & political parties, suspending habeas corpus, warrantless searches, detainment without charge, bribery, employing terrorists, false flag operations, concealing human rights abuses from journalists, and extensive use of "psychological operations" (propaganda) to make these and other "population & resource control" measures palatable.

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