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cops, counterinsurgency, the cold war, & the color line | author of Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing, @ucpress

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Here is my extremely long thread of reflections, documents, & minutiae on the 50th anniversary of the assassination… https://t.co/yRaMsZ0tbe
8/11
2020
OK...I think that's all I have to say for today about this. Pls read the hopefully more cogent article from @naclahttps://t.co/EBV6T1Jqf6The history of the military dictatorships in S. America shows that this kind of thing doesn’t end well. https://t.co/Pm8nXx4ZQ9Today, we’re witnessing increasing repression of political movements by federal and local police in the US. They ar… https://t.co/4T82y9JSRuBut this Miami cop's drunken wish was eventually granted: several left-wing political parties were outlawed in Urug… https://t.co/CFJj32xkBoUltimately, the Miami cop was never charged, as the key witnesses had swiftly returned to Montevideo--and, well, co… https://t.co/j4YPcWC2Y8As the Uruguayans’ patience ran out, he pulled his gun and pointed it at them. One batted the gun away while the ro… https://t.co/icXnro722pHe harassed the Uruguayan officials, complaining that the country needed to outlaw the Communist Party. Although th… https://t.co/7usxCYAlmPLemme wrap up this thread w an anecdote to illustrate the problem. In 1965, at the annual meeting of the Int’l Asso… https://t.co/LHBCkSn1msI think this history of the compatibility of police reformism w/ dictatorship should make us pause before believing… https://t.co/ZmfqRRJPArNotably, Mitrione changed basically nothing about his work in Brazil before and after the '64 US-supported coup. He… https://t.co/kN0XovIRaOThis pattern of US police assistance increasing repression and setting the stage for greater military intervention,… https://t.co/tr9hLd7SsQThese moves coincided with the intensification of repression and deepening ties with Far Right security figures fro… https://t.co/h43dbyUJm4A new law passed in May 1971, the “Police Organic Law” (not sure about that translation), also established professi… https://t.co/vCLSbqdLHsUS military aid also increased dramatically before the 1973 turn toward military rule in Uruguay. US officials over… https://t.co/A2iMJHfE5OAfter (and partially b/c of) Mitrione’s killing, US police aid to Uruguay & the rest of the world ceased in a few y… https://t.co/rYoOeh3nQSThat kid incidentally went on to become a dean at University of Houston medical school! https://t.co/Z2xjoG18XfThis advisor’s visit to Texas is notable because OPS was not supposed to engage actively in law-enforcement operati… https://t.co/uw0aIbZU17This kid left Uruguay to go to college at Baylor the next day after his abduction. In the investigation, a public s… https://t.co/69dzV71dR0After Mitrione’s murder, the Tupamaros continued their campaign. One odd incident was a carjacking of a US missiona… https://t.co/TIsTItqs7s...as documents released by @NSArchive would later reveal. The top echelons of the US government condoned threats a… https://t.co/imysE8VFFkThe US ambassador to Uruguay believed a prisoner release should occur, but neither Nixon nor Uruguay’s president wa… https://t.co/X2z2q8K2nVFurther, Mitrione’s kidnapping was meant to help the Tupamaros negotiate the release of fellow prisoners. This stra… https://t.co/rEbACu9pFuSo we now know he reason the Tupamaros targeted Mitrione was less b/c he was instrumental to torture but because he… https://t.co/BrsuDvPimAHere's a Uruguayan radio show about Sendic, including songs dedicated to him and using lyrics inspired by him. https://t.co/Aq0YGzuK9yAs the leader of the Tupamaros, Raúl Sendic, nearly killed during his arrest while Mitrione was still detained, lat… https://t.co/XMzzX3VXZzThese tight restrictions on protests, arrests of activists, and extralegal targeting of activists b/c of their crit… https://t.co/oMia2dxspPIn my @nacla article at the top of this thread I quote that advisor, Saenz (who has a super-interesting and eye-pop… https://t.co/6wC3YeFUBHThe public safety program in Uruguay was instrumental in stifling labor and student demonstrations & protests, incl… https://t.co/aQytRIQ2WvIn my view, torture of political prisoners was already occurring in Uruguay before Mitrione arrived. It persisted &… https://t.co/rktYF2z1ccOne forensic specialist OPS advisor who knew & worked w/ Mitrione in Brazil made a revealing point in his memoir (w… https://t.co/xKEqRf1jaUThe specific allegation was that he introduced precise methods, honed by CIA experts, to Lat Am, designed to induce… https://t.co/bHPvHgqa1DThere are a couple ways to interpret the accusations Mitrione taught torture. One is that all US cops of his genera… https://t.co/4iPtc1CQzvYet the common accusation of how OPS linked police advisees to the CIA was by teaching CIA torture methods. This wa… https://t.co/hSFCNVBb4nIn Brazil, he worked first in Belo Horizonte and then in Rio de Janeiro. He introduced basic tools, according to La… https://t.co/CaWAhpXN1QBy the time Mitrione arrived in Uruguay in '69, he’d been a public safety advisor in Brazil for 7 years and an inst… https://t.co/Di9TBRKOybThe US spent $2.275 million on police assistance ($11 million today) to Uruguay, with great spending increases afte… https://t.co/9842CwgS2rSo...the Uruguay public safety program was a latecomer among Lat Am programs ('65) but grew rapidly. Ultimately, 19… https://t.co/Ns9fSKYKiYYou can see the State Dept version of transcript (via CIA) here: https://t.co/vkVpuNG5Z9He disputes accusations leveled against him but makes clear what he, and by extension the Office of Public Safety,… https://t.co/2RdH5NVjRCWhile searching for Mitrione and then for his captors (basically, martial law was declared 8/10/70), Uruguayan secu… https://t.co/SZ66T1WX4vOne fellow advisor wrote later “it would not make sense to take a small town police chief from America and send him… https://t.co/WwL1XJDZDfThat local labor history (and much more remains to be studied!), I would argue, is important to interpreting how Mi… https://t.co/PEqV0gxMwNMitrione's police career began in '45 in a segregated town with a McCarthyite history of repression of the labor mv… https://t.co/SHUx06pkGHDespite accusations, Mitrione was probably not a wizard of the dark arts of counterintelligence. He became a cop ri… https://t.co/GQntIcxQ0X @nuclearbbq Spent the rest of the night in the ER after this set, because that cymbal stand nailed @LivinBrindle in the forehead.Before I turn to discussing Mitrione's work in greater detail, I thought I'd share these 2 documents from the White… https://t.co/R76NttydT7In an earlier article for @nacla, I expanded upon the importance of the film State of Siege for protests against US… https://t.co/ZRODr0IpytBut the Mitrione story was expertly dramatized (and somewhat fictionalized) by Costa-Gavras in the 1972 film State… https://t.co/KZaxS3IEl8The story of Mitrione’s kidnapping can be told as a combo true crime/espionage story, and the book that does that w… https://t.co/oMJcyjzNdhMitrione’s killing along with ensuing allegations that he taught torture techniques to Uruguayan security forces ul… https://t.co/wgnold1r5rFor context, as I wrote a few weeks ago, Mitrione’s employer, the US Office of Public Safety, was beginning to suff… https://t.co/j6oMPikEcdAs @dsharnak, a scholar of Uruguay and US-Latin America relations, points out, the Mitrione episode is much better… https://t.co/cTLasAZbkw @dsharnak Thanks! Yes, that is a crucial point--and you know the Uruguayan aspects of the history better than I do.… https://t.co/xlB7VUtBc3 @TroyVettese I dabble. @TroyVettese unreal!Mitrione became a martyr to the US prosecution of the Cold War in Third World countries. And there was a strong bil… https://t.co/PiDeJUagB1This article, also just published today, contains some interesting biographical information about Mitrione, as well… https://t.co/FMLVfVyY13Mitrione was kidnapped on his way to the US Agency for International Development's Montevideo office on 7/31/70. He… https://t.co/9raagXkzTgFrom today’s perspective, I argue Mitrione symbolized the marriage of police reformism and repression, rather than… https://t.co/B9B1TDEv8dAlthough not widely remembered today, this killing was a momentous event in Uruguay and S. America more broadly. It… https://t.co/QYLvjGLHlsI published this short piece about the killing of a US police advisor 50 years ago today in Uruguay. I'm going to p… https://t.co/J9ShN0yKZ5The story of ex-RPD Chief Dan Mitrione winds through Italy, Brazil and Uruguay. It includes cameos by a U.S. secret… https://t.co/t8dSmvW1sU
Retweeted by Stuart Schrader @JasonTruittPI Thanks for this article. It's very good. You may be interested in my piece also published today: https://t.co/16zemNPybLJust joining the chorus of admiration and appreciation for this piece by @etammykim “In its clear articulation of… https://t.co/luMMWFKfOU
Retweeted by Stuart SchraderToday, Aug. 10, 2020: the 50th anniversary of the assassination of US police advisor Dan Mitrione in Uruguay by the… https://t.co/1KDRxApGer @attackerman He'll already be immortalized on Mt. Rushmore by then.
8/10
2020
You can tell that I wrote this a while ago because I used the phrase “Netflix and chill” in it. https://t.co/lSWW3dE8Le“[[T]he left on both sides of the Atlantic, joined by a long history of mutual influence and inspiration, finds its… https://t.co/Gpi2P8PSHJ
Retweeted by Stuart SchraderOnly the Harcourt review is open access. Let me know if you want a pdf of the other two. These are three very diffe… https://t.co/j4WJArXlK1Third is a review of @BernardHarcourt’s The Counterrevolution in Social Justice. This book came out in 2018 and the… https://t.co/afV3QbQcULPolicing Life & Death is essential work for anyone interested in policing, US colonialism, and abolition.Next is a review of @marisollebron’s Policing Life & Death in a symposium w/ wonderful colleagues in the @theAAG’s… https://t.co/yYiR6XEc9uThis book has already received many accolades. It is an amazing hemispheric/US in the world history of economic tho… https://t.co/P8FXEN4LhuOver the past couple months, three book reviews I wrote have come out. First is a review of Amy Offner’s Sorting Ou… https://t.co/jkw5EG6ZKwPolice departments in New York, facing a state mandate on reform, are turning to the consulting company Lexipol to… https://t.co/wuDyo64Sxv
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8/9
2020
Guess what? @RussellSageFdn decided to make a classic book re police as "street-level bureaucrats" open source . I… https://t.co/JguRmA5FTF
Retweeted by Stuart SchraderAnyway, as I was saying... US out of North America.New @thedigradio ep! Interview w brilliant historian and storyteller @klytlehernandez on MIGRA! A History of the U.… https://t.co/85nUeoEydT
Retweeted by Stuart Schrader @nils_gilman Please plan a conference there and invite me.I wrote a piece about how the catastrophe in Beirut was also partially caused by the depredations of global maritim… https://t.co/LaT57W0DBY
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8/8
2020
@nicholsonbaker8 Wow! I don’t think I have seen an image of him. He makes a cameo in my book, in the chapter about tear gas. @chrisokaneutrgv This was, I think, one of main takeaways of the critical social theory grad seminar led by… https://t.co/Yx97CMmsOj"On Thursday, tenant activists stormed the lobby of another real estate law firm whose website domain name is 'nyev… https://t.co/xT4531sltE
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8/7
2020
Reminder: after a webinar earlier this week, @RevBooksNYC is still selling Badges Without Borders at a discounted p… https://t.co/Z81gtQULanwowwwwwwwww Five people charged with felonies for tweeting/RT a photo attempting to identify a cop who had covere… https://t.co/1l04ai0MBO
Retweeted by Stuart SchraderThe Gateway Podcast with @TyJoplin speaks with @stschrader1 on the shared outlook between domestic policing and the… https://t.co/xtfxzscr6v
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8/6
2020
On the night before the 75th year since the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Hapcheon residents still demand… https://t.co/zLbbPViowf
Retweeted by Stuart SchraderThis essay about the relationship between police discretion and sexual violence by @annegrayfischer is SO sharp. https://t.co/7dhjACuNTSSupremely honored to have my book Badges Without Borders (@ucpress) in this review symposium published by… https://t.co/oafAtUTS8i @joshuacstephens @gavinmuellerphdIf you weren't able to tune in to my convo w/ @Carl_Dix tonight via @RevBooksNYC, you can view the recording here:… https://t.co/pjBZ9YP6yo
8/5
2020
Going live in ~20 mins. Please join us. https://t.co/VLEAF5QAuVIn Sep 2013 ship flying a flag of convenience was abandoned by its owners in the port of Beirut. Crew members remai… https://t.co/0tZSFvmcJQ
Retweeted by Stuart SchraderI wrote about Breonna Taylor, urban redevelopment, and how policing often intensifies during gentrification. The pi… https://t.co/oWgPBYYzSM
Retweeted by Stuart SchraderGotta echo @TonyTToner: this is an excellent, innovative article about the Ford Foundation. It does at least 2 grea… https://t.co/fnyWxMd0Up @gbrew24 @DavidpStein @pmrenfro @KurtNewman8 Oh, I see...to land secure academic employment I just need to run for… https://t.co/XqUcUXciSfThis online convo about my book is tonight! 7pm eastern. https://t.co/AYAFdIRROu
8/4
2020
@KeriLeighMerrit @milo_phd @dnbrgr I would refer you to @nerdosyndical. Also, there was a fantastic article in Amer… https://t.co/HoZiGQB6yx
8/3
2020

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