The U.S. Army has issued a manual to its military police. It is aimed at operations in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and other areas where Muslims resist occupation by U.S. forces.
The interesting fact is that these techniques are universal. They can be applied anywhere. Examples:
8-1. Issues of apprehension, incarceration, recidivism, and programs to curb violent behavior in released persons is a long-studied subject by generations of scholars. Entire organizations are built around these issues and take years of in-depth analysis to reach conclusions for policy application. This is further complicated by the conditions in a combat zone.
8-2. Detention provides military police with an opportunity for interaction and positive influence on U.S. military prisoners and detainees. Military police provide humane and even-handed treatment to prisoners and detainees in their care. These persons are within the control of military police under circumstances that, unchecked, could cause military police to regard them great animosity. It is the professionalism and discipline of military police that facilitates impartial conduct toward prisoners and detainees and prevent animosity from manifesting itself. This, in turn, sends a clear message of fairness and impartiality toward the indigenous people. Military police internment operations in support of long-term stability operations, particularly within the context of counterinsurgency, must be deliberately and professionally conducted
with an understanding of the impact of perception and subsequent negative information operations used by the threat to discredit the U.S. military.
8-3. Detention or imprisonment can be a period of transitory idleness where the U.S. military prisoner or detainee simply endures the period of his internment and contemplates the humiliation or perceived injustice of his condition. Conversely, it can be one of the most productive and auspicious rehabilitative measures that society can provide the individual and his respective society. Rehabilitative measures have resulted in decreased recidivism and should begin the moment the individual is apprehended or captured and fully implemented upon transfer to a fixed facility.
The section of forced resettlement is illuminating.
10-74. The exact location of the military police station depends on the facility layout and needs of the commander. Internal and external patrols are necessary; however, security for a resettlement facility should not give the impression that the facility is a prison.
Lessons learned abroad can be applied at home.
What are these lessons? First, people don’t like to be pushed around. Second, they will resist. Third, for every measure, there is a counter measure.
As Saul Alinksy said a generation ago: “The action is the reaction.” The resistance movement provokes an action. The action creates more resistance.
This manual tells us that the U.S. military expects to keeps boots on the ground for the indefinite future.