Indian Country 52 #35 – Dogs of Conquest
“As the protesters have grown in number, they’ve increasingly come into conflict with law enforcement and pipeline workers.
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein was charged this week with criminal trespass and criminal mischief after allegedly spray-painting a bulldozer with the words “I approve this message.” Security guards used dogs and pepper spray to attack protesters who contested the bulldozing of a burial site on Sept. 3, Democracy Now reported. Dozens of other people have been arrested since August, including the tribe’s chairman, for charges like disorderly conduct and trespassing during other altercations.”
– Huffington Post, Native Americans Dig In For ‘Long Haul’ At Camp Protesting Oil Pipeline.
“The teeth of power – trained dogs as instruments of organized coercion and blood-letting – reveal themselves in the historical records of some of the worst instances of modern state violence. ‘Dogs of conquest’ helped inaugurate the modern era as Columbus and then the conquistadors deployed large mastiffs to hunt, torture and actually feed off the flesh of the indigenous, and bloodhounds were deployed to hunt slaves in the Caribbean and American South. And there are other notable examples: the guard dogs used in Nazi concentration camps, prisoner-of-war camps and the Gulag, down to the lesser-known US project of training dogs to smell the blood of Japanese soldiers so that the dogs might then be unleashed to hunt Japanese soldiers en masse.  We can also recall the important role police dogs played in enforcing the racial economies of the Jim Crow south and apartheid in South Africa. Most recently, the 2004 torture archive of the Abu Ghraib prison spectacle documented images of snarling dogs terrorizing Iraqi detainees, a practice which has its domestic application in the ‘cell extractions’ within US prisons. ”
– Radical Philosophy, Legal terror and the police dog.
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