The Australian Federal Police confirmed reports they had trained at least 20 Burmese intelligence officers in counter-intelligence operations. Another 50 police from Myanmar also received training. Australian police argued they were simply training police in techniques of preventing smuggling of heroin and of people out of Burma. The training of senior intelligence officers was “in the theory of counter-terrorism recognition and collaboration for combating terrorism.’
A problem training police in how to handle “terrorists” stems from how one defines “a terrorist.” In many totalitarian nations, those speaking out for freedom and democracy are defined as “terrorists.” For many years the United States ran military training operations to train Latin American officers so they could return to their nations and impose totalitarian methods in a more effective manner. Unfortunately, Australian police are guilty of similar actions.