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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Terrorism Training Camp On US Soil?

If some Arab countries are denounced for allowing terrorist training camps within their borders, what does the world say to the United States of America for having terrorist training camps within its borders?

Thousands gathered at the gates to Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the School of the Americas (renamed WHISC - Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) to mourn, listen, sing, honor, pray, learn, support and nonviolently stand together in opposition to this school.

According to Wikipedia, between 1946 and 2001, the SOA trained more than 61,000 Latin American soldiers and policemen. 

Some of them became notorious for human rights violations against their own citizens, including generals Leopoldo Galtieri, Efraín Ríos Montt and Manuel Noriega, dictators such as Bolivia's Hugo Banzer, some of Augusto Pinochet's officers, members of the Atlacatl Battalion of El Salvador who carried out the El Mozote massacre of 1981, and the founders of Los Zetas, a drug cartel formerly affiliated with the Gulf Cartel.

Critics of the school argue that the education encouraged such internationally recognized human rights violating practices and that the WHINSEC is merely a new name for exactly the same practices. 

The SOA/WHINSEC denies these assertions, claiming they now emphasize democracy and human rights in their training programmes.

"Presentes" has become a ritual where the names of those who died in conflicts generated by SOA graduates are called out from the stage and the crowd answers collectively by saying "presente".

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