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At the sunrise of the 20th century, the U.S. military rapidly occupied Manila after which plunged right into a decade-long pacification crusade with amazing parallels to today’s conflict in Iraq. Armed with state of the art know-how from America’s first details revolution, the U.S. colonial regime created the main smooth police and intelligence devices at any place less than the yankee flag. In Policing America’s Empire Alfred W. McCoy exhibits how this imperial panopticon slowly overwhelmed the Filipino innovative circulation with a deadly mixture of firepower, surveillance, and incriminating details. Even after Washington freed its colony and gained worldwide energy in 1945, it should intrude within the Philippines periodically for the subsequent half-century—using the rustic as a laboratory for counterinsurgency and rearming neighborhood defense forces for repression. In attempting to create a democracy within the Philippines, the U.S. unleashed profoundly undemocratic forces that persist to the current day.
    yet defense innovations bred within the tropical hothouse of colonial rule weren't contained, McCoy indicates, at this distant outer edge of yank energy. Migrating homeward via either group of workers and rules, those ideas contributed to shaping a brand new federal defense gear in the course of global battle I. as soon as verified below the pressures of wartime mobilization, this distinctively American process of public-private surveillance persevered in numerous kinds for the following fifty years, as an omnipresent, sub rosa matrix that honeycombed U.S. society with energetic informers, secretive civilian businesses, and govt counterintelligence organisations. In every one succeeding international concern, this covert nexus multiplied its household operations, generating new contraventions of civil liberties—from the harassment of work activists and ethnic groups in the course of international warfare I, to the mass incarceration of eastern americans in the course of global battle II, the entire approach to the key blacklisting of suspected communists through the chilly War.

“With a panoramic sweep of archival learn, McCoy indicates how repressive thoughts constructed within the colonial Philippines migrated again to the USA to be used opposed to humans of colour, extraterrestrial beings, and very any heterodox problem to American strength. This e-book proves Mark Twain’s adage that you just can't have an empire overseas and a republic at home.”—Bruce Cumings, collage of Chicago

 “This ebook lays the Philippine physique politic at the exam desk to bare the sickness that lies within—crime, clandestine policing, and political scandal. yet McCoy additionally attracts the road from Manila to Baghdad, arguing that the seeds of arguable counterinsurgency strategies utilized in Iraq have been sown within the anti-guerrilla operations within the Philippines. His arguments are forceful.”—Sheila S. Coronel, Columbia University
 
“Conclusively, McCoy’s Policing America’s Empire is a magnificent historic piece of study that appeals not just to Southeast Asianists but additionally to these drawn to reading the ancient embedding and institutional ontogenesis of post-colonial states’ police energy apparatuses and their it seems that inherent propensity to enforce intolerant practices of surveillance and repression.”—Salvador Santino F. Regilme, Jr., Journal of present Southeast Asian Affairs
 
“McCoy’s striking ebook . . . does justice either to its author’s deep wisdom of Philippine heritage in addition to to his infrequent services in unmasking the seamy undersides of kingdom power.”—POLAR: Political and felony Anthropology Review
 
Winner, George McT. Kahin Prize, Southeast Asian Council of the organization for Asian Studies

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Moving beyond simple enumeration of land or human bodies, this information revolution allowed the manipulation of raw data that was limitless in its capacity for quantification, swift in its retrieval of significant detail, and agile in its analysis. Among its many applications, such data management invested the state with the potential for mass surveillance, allowing for the first time an advance beyond punishment of the few to control over the many—a critical, defining attribute of the modern state.

Looking back, it seems that I needed several decades of research on Southeast Asia to make sense of all those details and grasp something of a larger design and its implications for the study of history. Simply put, it has taken me half a lifetime to know what I know. Considering the role of police and crime in shaping the Philippine state has produced some unexpected insights. Through juxtaposition of the formal and informal, legal and illegal, the study of a seemingly small problem—policing in the twentieth-century Philippines—quickly grew into an exploration of larger issues.

The paramilitary Philippines Constabulary was a particularly supple force, combining long-arm patrols in the countryside and secret-service operations in the capital. Within five years of its founding in 1901, the constabulary had developed a covert capacity that included media monitoring, psychological profiling, surveillance, disinformation, penetration, manipulation, and, when required, assassination. S. colonial police quickly advanced far beyond both their Spanish antecedents and their American counterparts.

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