The Human Terrain System ( Hts )

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The Human Terrain System (HTS) is a military based project, which was established in 2007 in response to the terror attacks that took place on September 11, 2001(Shay 2009). This project entails placing anthropologists within the military units in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq to prevent rebellion towards the US troops. The use of anthropology and anthropologists in the HTS comes with a great deal of problems, which are not accounted for but turn out to have a huge impact on the world. Resulting in the false representation and thereby, harm, towards a specific community, the issue of cultural relativism and deaths/injuries to anthropologists
Using anthropologists in situations like this causes false representation of the community and overall harm to those people, which is displayed to the world. For example, “Army appears to be using the anthropological information to better target the enemy” (Shay 2009). This means that the information the anthropologists are gathering and giving to the US government ends up being used against those people rather than used to help them. The anthropologists have no control whatsoever of how the US government interprets this data. Once they use this data incorrectly, or even interpret the data wrong they will react to what they see, which results in the killing of people (Shay 2009). All this shows to world is that the people from those communities are wrong and immoral. They dehumanize them, making it easier to accept cruel treatment…
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