Exporting the American Police State
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In the context of the war against Iraq, which began on March 19, 2003, the most brutal and violent version of the American police state unfolds. Regardless of the administration’s ever-changing statements as to why the United States was in Iraq, the goal was to establish an exported police state. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the administration created a system of rule based on detention and interrogation, the justification for which was to confront these “aliens” identified as terrorists. From August 31 to September 9, 2003, General Miller and a number of interrogation specialists were inspecting the Abu Ghraib prison, which Miller viewed as an interrogation center for Iraq. He intended to “Gitmo-ize” Abu Ghraib, and he had the administration’s approval to do so. This idea developed out of a working partnership between high-ranking military officers and administration officials. Miller had informed his superiors in the Southern Command post of this intent, and he addressed the Senate Armed Services Committee in May 2004. After Miller completed his inspection, political decisions were made to export police state practices, especially torture. The Department of Defense sent Tiger Teams and others to Abu Ghraib, also used at Guantanamo, to interrogate detainees. Techniques to be used at Abu Ghraib weren’t covered by the Army Field Manual. Interrogation teams instructed Abu Ghraib personnel to employ sleep deprivation and dogs to frighten prisoners and break them down psychologically and physically.
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