Close Controversial School Print
Saturday, 28 April 2007 00:00
Putting trespassing protesters in jail does not obscure the fact that our U.S. tax dollars are still supporting the rogue training school that graduates soldier-terrorists. I refer to the controversial, notorious School of the Americas (SOA), renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), located at Fort Benning, Ga. Graduates of this school for Latin American security personnel have been accused of, implicated in, and convicted for human rights abuses ranging from kidnapping and torture to assassination and massacre.

With the change of name in 2000, administration spokespeople have attempted to distance this institution from its over 50 years' history as SOA, which is known as the School of the Assassins in Latin America. Only the veneer of this rogue school has changed. Implicated and convicted terrorist commanders return as students, and as celebrated speakers or honorees.

Those who refuse to deny this truth lobby Congress year after year with the goal of taking SOA/WHINSEC out of the U.S. budget. HR 1707 is coming up for a House vote in May as part of one of the budget bills decided this summer. Thousands across the western hemisphere are preparing for the struggle of truth against power. Chico
is participating. One thousand grandmothers are also. So am I.

— Cathy Webster, Sacramento County Jail