When States Kill: Latin America, the U.S., and Technologies by Cecilia Menjívar, Néstor Rodríguez

By Cecilia Menjívar, Néstor Rodríguez

Because the early 20th century, technological transfers from the USA to Latin American international locations have concerned applied sciences of violence for social keep watch over. because the chapters during this booklet illustrate, those technological transfers have taken a variety of varieties, together with the learning of Latin American army team of workers in surveillance and torture and the availability of political and logistic help for campaigns of kingdom terror. The human price for Latin the United States has been enormous--thousands of Latin americans were murdered, disappeared, or tortured, and full groups were terrorized into silence. geared up via area, the essays during this booklet handle the subject of state-sponsored terrorism in quite a few methods. such a lot take the viewpoint that state-directed political violence is a latest improvement of a neighborhood political constitution during which U.S. political pursuits weigh seriously. Others recognize that Latin American states enthusiastically acquired U.S. aid for his or her campaigns of terror. a number of see neighborhood tradition and background as key elements within the implementation of kingdom campaigns of political violence. jointly, all of the essays exemplify how applied sciences of terror were transferred between numerous Latin American international locations, with specific awareness to the position that the us, as a "strong" country, has performed in such transfers.

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The United States also trained Latin American police in counterinsurgency. S. C. The academy provided cover for c i a operations not only in Latin America but also in different regions of the world (Marchetti and Marks, 1974); its activities were less easily traceable to the c i a because they were regularly written into economic development plans initiated by u s a i d , among whose stated intentions was the creation of democratic institutions. ” Training under the auspices of the i pa for midlevel police officers took place at the c i a ’s Panama Canal station, where selected officials took courses on intelligence gathering, interrogation procedures, methods of riot, and crowd control (Huggins, 1998).

In Argentina, even before a military junta seized power in 1976 and carried out a “dirty war” against leftists and other suspects, the Peronist government had organized the Triple-A (Argentine Anti-Communist Alliance) death squads to rout the Montoneros and other leftist groups who had killed several hundred police agents, military members, and industrialists (Feitlowitz, 1998). S. officials in Washington. Thus, in the view of Latin American governments and military officials communist subversion included any activity that opposed them politically or that did not meet with their approval.

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