Policing America's Empire

At the dawn of the twentieth century, the U.S. Army swiftly occupied Manila and then plunged into a decade-long pacification campaign with striking parallels to today’s war in Iraq. Armed with cutting-edge technology from America’s first information revolution, the U.S. colonial regime created the most modern police and intelligence units anywhere under the American flag. In Policing America’s Empire Alfred W. McCoy shows how this...

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Priests on Trial

Illustrated with b & w photographs & map. In 1982 the Philippine Army filed criminal charges of murder & rebellion against an improbable group of Catholic conspirators: a Filipino parish priest, Irish missionary Fr Niall O'Brien & Australian missionary Fr Brian Gore. Using perjured testimony from paid witnesses, the Army pursued them with prosecution & imprisonement for two years. Pressured by int'l protests, Pres. Marcos...

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The CIA's Secret Research on Torture

The CIA’s interest in effective methods of torture began in the 1950s, in the early years of the Cold War. At first the objective was “defensive”—to find a way to combat communist “brainwashing,” which appeared to be the cause of confessions of guilt by captured American pilots during the Korean War. But the CIA’s quest soon turned to “offensive” measures that could be used to break Soviet spies and other enemies. Two major sources of aid came...

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Lives at the Margin

This book examines the lives of the men and women who emerged from the margins of Philippine society to mobilize a mass following.Instead of focusing on national heroes, this volume follows an unexplored path by studying the lives of Filipinos ordinary an obscure. Drawing on extensive field and archival research, this volume's authors treat the men and women who emerged from the margins of Philippine society to mobilize a mass following....

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