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The Settler-Colonial Strategy: Militarization of Diplomacy, Domestic Law Enforcement, Jails, Prisons and the Border

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The county jails of Texas have one of the highest rates of inmate death by suicide or homicide. As many jail guards are former military, the Texas Jail Project reminds families of victims of violence inside jails to immediately question the background of the jail guard force and ask if guards were in the U.S. military and particularly if they were in combat or were guards in U.S. military or CIA prisons in Afghanistan, Iraq or Cuba. If any of the county jail guards had worked in U.S. prisons in those countries, then the presumption should be that the tactics the guards used in U.S. prisons probably were carried over into the civilian jails and prison in the U.S.

U.S. military veterans receive preferential status in applying for civilian guard positions at the local, state and national levels. The Texas Jail Project advocates for former U.S. military who apply for Texas county police and jail guard positions to undergo special psychological testing to attempt to determine if they evidence residual post traumatic stress from military experiences that could be carried over into abuse behavior toward those incarcerated.

Settler-Colonial Nation Israel Gives U.S. Tips on How to Attempt to Control Occupied Lands

The military mentality of our federal government is evidenced by the conditions in detention/prison facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border and detention facilities for migrants in many states.

The militarization of the U.S. borders with fencing, surveillance drones and checkpoints has been modeled after another colonial settler state -- Israel, which has one of the most militarized societies in the world. Israeli tactics, training and equipment used on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have been purchased almost wholesale by the U.S. federal, state and local governments for not only the border areas but also in cities.

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Over 150 city police forces send police to Israel for observing methods Israelis use to "control" the Palestinian populations in the West Bank and Palestinian Israeli citizens in Israel itself. U.S. police and federal agents observe Israeli border operations on the open-air prison the Israeli government has created to blockade Gaza by land and sea. U.S. officials watch Israeli snipers execute Palestinians from berm positions at the border and observe remotely controlled machine guns that are fired at Palestinians.

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Under the watchful eye of U.S. police and military, over 300 Palestinians in Gaza have been executed by Israeli snipers in the past 18 months and over 16,000 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli gunfire, many targeted with explosive bullets in the legs to ensure the legs would have to be amputated, thereby making the life of the target difficult for himself, his family and the community.

U.S. as a Settler-Colonial Nation

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Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand (more...)
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