"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.”" ~~~~Samuel P. Huntington

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Military-Civil Society Suppression Interface - "The Other Side Of The Coin: Counterinsurgency And Community Policing"


Interface: a journal for and about social movements
Volume 3 (1): 81 - 117 (May 2011)

The Other Side Of The Coin:
Counterinsurgency And Community Policing

Kristian Williams

(This paper grew out of a lecture presented at the "Econvergence," First Unitarian Church, Portland Oregon; October 3, 2009.)


This essay outlines the current counterinsurgency model, with an emphasis on its domestic application in the United States. It shows that many contemporary counterinsurgency practices were developed by police agencies inside the U.S., and illustrates the transfer of theory, strategy, and technique from domestic police to the military - and back. The essay also examines the state's use of nongovernmental or nonprofit agencies, as one element of counterinsurgency strategy, to channel and control political opposition. [emphasis mine -RR] The conclusion briefly considers the strategic implications for social movements, especially as we learn to recognize and respond to political repression.

Introduction: expect repression... [Full PDF @ Interface]
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