Policing America's Empire : The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Through impressive research and penetrating analysis, Alfred W. McCoy reveals the hidden mechanisms of U.S. global power, focusing on the Philippines as a microcosm of worldwide trends. 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 todayrs"s war in Iraq. Armed with cutting-edge technology from Americars"s first information revolution, the U.S. colonial regime created the most modern police and intelligence units anywhere under the American flag. This imperial panopticon slowly crushed the Filipino revolutionary movement with a lethal mix of firepower, surveillance, and incriminating information. Even after Washington freed its colony and won global power in 1945, it would intervene in the Philippines periodically for the next half-century-using the country as a laboratory for counterinsurgency and rearming local security forces for repression. In trying to create a democracy in the Philippines, the United States unleashed profoundly undemocratic forces that persist to the present day.

Author Biography

Alfred W. McCoy is J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include The Politics of Heroin and A Question of Torture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xv
Prologue: Analogies of Empirep. 3
Capillaries of Empirep. 15
U.S. Colonial Police
Colonial Coercionp. 59
Surveillance and Scandalp. 94
Paramilitary Pacificationp. 126
Constabulary Covert Operationsp. 175
Policing the Tribal Zonep. 206
American Police in Manilap. 236
The Conley Casep. 268
President Wilson's Surveillance Statep. 293
Philippine National Police
President Quezon's Commonwealthp. 349
Philippine Republicp. 372
Martial Law Terrorp. 397
Unsheathing the Swordp. 433
Ramos's Supercopsp. 452
Estrada's Racketeeringp. 471
Extrajudicial Executionsp. 498
Crucibles of Counterinsurgencyp. 521
Notesp. 541
Indexp. 637
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