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Campaign to close down School of The Americas

The US Army School of Americas (SOA), based in Fort Benning, Georgia, trains Latin American security personnel in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics. SOA graduates are responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses in Latin America. In 1996 the Pentagon was forced to release training manuals used at the school that advocated torture, extortion and execution. Among the SOA's nearly 60,000 graduates are notorious dictators Manuel Noriega and Omar Torrijos of Panama, Leopoldo Galtieri and Roberto Viola of Argentina, Juan Velasco Alvarado of Peru, Guillermo Rodriguez of Ecuador, and Hugo Banzer Suarez of Bolivia. Lower-level SOA graduates have participated in human rights abuses that include the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the El Mozote Massacre of 900 civilians.
In an attempt to deflect public criticism and disassociate the school from its dubious reputation, the SOA was renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in 2001. The name change was a result of a Department of Defense proposal included in the Defense Authorization Bill for Fiscal 2001, at a time when SOA opponents were poised to win a congressional vote on legislation that would have dismantled the school. The name-change measure passed when the House of Representatives defeated a bi-partisan amendment to close the SOA and conduct a congressional investigation by a narrow ten-vote margin. (See Talking Points, Critique of New School, Vote Roll Call.)

In a media interview, Georgia Senator and SOA supporter the late Paul Coverdell characterized the DOD proposal as a "cosmetic" change that would ensure that the SOA could continue its mission and operation. Critics of the SOA concur.

SOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that works through creative protest and resistance, legislative and media work to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America, to close the SOA/WHINSEC and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy that institutions like the SOA represent. We are grateful to our sisters and brothers throughout Latin America and the the Caribbean for their inspiration and the invitation to join them in their struggle for economic and social justice.


School of the Americas Watch
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Added: Mar-2-2009 Occurred On: Mar-2-2009
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  • the guy talks like a fag, lol

    close the place my ass, they train latin americans to kill commies good

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    • those death squads trained at SOA also killed civilians

      time for you to go back to the library

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    • assassinating real terrorists is good. though personally i'd still prefer capturing them, giving them a fair trial and presenting the public the evidence, then putting them away and interviewing them every now and then

      not all communists are terrorists -- it'd be a bad idea to kill someone just for being communist

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    • Actually, theyve killed much more civilians than commies they could conjure up.

      You should do some googlng, itll be fun.

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    • Those school are one the cause of the raise of so many military dictators on the past decades on South America...Personally I know they are very much responsible for all the torture and death in south America past bloody decade ...

      Now if you think about from a strategy perspective that did in the end backfire to the USA....today there is more government and people opinion against USA that with them ...should has being better provide another kind of assistance than method on torture and assassi More..

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  • They aren't terrorists if WE train them...

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  • Salvador Allende committed suicide.

    He shot himself 36 times.

    How kewl is that, Libs?

    Fvck you and the horse you rode in on.

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  • Shhhh...lets not talk about 'blowback; an' stuff. The Schrewel of the americas is like, the cub scouts for all the corrupt two-bit colonels and police captains.


    I cant believe this shit still exists

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  • One mans terrorist, is another mans hero.

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