• Algeria
  • admitted killing two prominent resistance FLN leaders and making them look like suicide
  • claims in COIN the justice system gets clogged
  • civilians justice standards are too high and paralyzing for war
  • he advocates killing suspects again

city of battle of algiers

  • ben heady
  • ali bumajel
  • discussion of implicit or tacit approval by Paris of the assasinations (Mitterand was implicated)
  • he says these killings crippled the insurgent capacity and forced them to retreat into the mountains
  • attacks died down significantly
  • killings had a demonstration effect against french sympathizers in Paris who supported the FLN
  • justice is expendable and has no role in COIN operations
  • the general was scared that they would get off or be made martyrs by the justice system


  • chieu hoe house
  • trained in Algeria in 1942
  • familiar with muslim locals
  • when he returned in the 1950's torture was common practice
  • begins post of intelligence gathering in philipville
  • he randomly picked up people and tortured them (Beat, Shock, Water)
  • if it is revealed they are FLN then they should be killed immediately
  • getting lots of cabs meant or medical supplies meant an attack was imminent
  • he uncovers an FLN and works very hard to get reinforcements
  • the attack was purely for terror purposes
  • catastrophic dehumanization
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