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School of the Americas

The School of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, is located at Fort Benning, Georgia. For decades it has operated as a combat training school for soldiers from Central & South America, training Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence, and interrogation tactics. These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and forced into refugee by those trained at the SOA—often called the ‘School of Assassins’.

The best resource on the School of the Americas is SOA Watch.

This entry was posted in Human Rights, Militarism, Nonviolence, The Americas, War & Peace.

One Response to School of the Americas

  1. pkc says:

    Narco News reports SOA/WHINSEC is now training militarized police in Mexico:

    US Teaching “Counterinsurgency” Courses To Mexican Military in Drug War

    by Erin Rosa

    To fight the drug war in Mexico the US military conducted specialized trainings both inside and outside of the country with a focus on combating “narco-terrorism” and “counterinsurgency” conflicts, according to a recently-declassified report from the State Department and Department of Defense. The document (PDF), which details foreign military training in the 2009 fiscal year, sheds more light on to the kind of instruction Mexican soldiers were receiving from the United States as violence and deaths continued to increase in the country. This includes the deployment of “mobile training teams” that were used to teach special forces combat techniques…. More➞

    Also see: Oaxaca Faces Police Militarization as Governor Acts to Preempt Education Protests

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