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Tuesday, February 28, 2006 I wonder how U.S. officials reacted to the leaked draft of a report on Mexico’s “dirty war,” which was waged in part during the presidential regime of Luis Echeverria (1780-76) and three other Mexican presidents. Under what they termed “Operation Friendship, “Echeverria’s military forces conducted ''illegal searches, arbitrary detentions, torture, the raping of women in the presence of their husbands, and the possible extrajudicial executions of groups of people.'' The National Security archive, which is based in Washington, D.C., and which posted the report on its website, said, ''This is the most extensive documented description of how the state unleashed a savage counterinsurgency campaign that targeted a tiny armed insurgency and swept up thousands of civilians in its wake.” It’s just another example of what happens when ...

Hornberger’s Blog: January 2006

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006 Quietly, Congress has once again bowed to the Pentagon and taken another fateful step toward military rule in America. The Washington Post reports that in a “little notice provision of the National Defense Authorization Act passed last month,” the Congress authorized the Pentagon to dispense foreign aid to foreign militaries directly rather than the customary civilian way of having the State Department do it. Of course, foreign aid is bad enough. It is nothing more than a welfare government-to-government payment that the U.S. government uses to bribe foreign regimes into compliance within its empire. “Do as we say, and you will have millions of dollars to line your pockets, but go independent, and you will lose your dole as well as subject yourself to the possibility of assassination, sanctions, coup, or invasion,” is the message that empire officials give to foreign ...

Hornberger’s Blog: January 2006

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006 Quietly, Congress has once again bowed to the Pentagon and taken another fateful step toward military rule in America. The Washington Post reports that in a “little notice provision of the National Defense Authorization Act passed last month,” the Congress authorized the Pentagon to dispense foreign aid to foreign militaries directly rather than the customary civilian way of having the State Department do it. Of course, foreign aid is bad enough. It is nothing more than a welfare government-to-government payment that the U.S. government uses to bribe foreign regimes into compliance within its empire. “Do as we say, and you will have millions of dollars to line your pockets, but go independent, and you will lose your dole as well as subject yourself to the possibility of assassination, sanctions, coup, or invasion,” is the message that empire officials give to foreign ...