Mon April 12, 2010
The Rise of the U.S. as a Surveillance State
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's show, we chat with Professor Alfred McCoy of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. A noted scholar and historian, McCoy has also written several books, including "The Politics of Heroin," "A Question of Torture," and (most recently) "Policing America's Empire: The U.S., the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State." He will deliver a free-to-the-public lecture on the TU campus --- in the Alan Chapman Activity Center, near 5th Place and Florence Avenue --- at 7:30pm tonight (Monday the 12th). McCoy's lecture will mainly concern the ongoing impact of foreign wars on America's internal security apparatus. As he explains on this edition of StudioTulsa, the American military's controversial counter-insurgency techniques and tactics --- as practiced throughout various wars and conflicts --- have been, in effect, "brought back home" over the years. Therefore, he continues, these questionable tactics continue to be (in many cases) practiced on our own citizens --- much to the dismay of those concerned with civil liberties, individual rights, and the Constitution itself.