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Dear Friend,
This is an appeal for your help to make more Americans aware of why the SOA needs to be closed. SOA Watch would like to see a national television program produced on the SOA. You can help by asking "Sixty Minutes" and "NOW with Bill Moyers" to air a program on the SOA. Please use the letter below or write one of your own, sending it via e-mail or to the following addresses. To enhance our efforts, we hope you will forward this note to others.

In solidarity,
SOA Watch

NOW with Bill Moyers
WNET
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New York, NY 10001
http://www.pbs.org/now/feedback.html


60 Minutes*
CBS News
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New York, NY 10019
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1998/07/08/60minutes/main13504.shtml

*Please note: 60 Minutes requests that program suggestions be sent via
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In response to President Bush?s call to shut down ALL terrorist training camps, I am writing to ask that you produce a program on the School of the Americas. I believe Americans would appreciate learning why a recent report released by Amnesty International called for an immediate suspension of military training there, recommending the US establish an independent commission to investigate activities of the SOA due to human rights abuses by its graduates.

This November, thousands are expected to gather peacefully outside the SOA but most Americans remain uninformed about the AI report or why fellow citizens are participating in an annual protest against the SOA, or of a bill pending in Congress to shut down this facility.

Why will students, grandparents, veterans and others converge in Columbus, Georgia from November 21-23, 2003? They'll come to be "Presente" ...to remember, in a mock funeral procession with coffins and crosses, the thousands who have died at the hands of SOA graduates. They'll come to protest an American "school" that has trained 60,000 Latin American soldiers in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics techniques, entirely with US tax dollars. They'll come out of a moral responsibility, to say, "No, not in my name." They'll come because they know their country is responsible for training terrorists who have been implicated in some of the worst human rights abuses in Latin America, including the El Mozote Massacre of 900 civilians, the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the murder and rape of four US nuns, the murder of six Jesuit priests, their co-worker and her daughter, and the Segovia massacre in Colombia. They'll come to speak out in solidarity with the people of Latin America, to speak against humanitarian crimes.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of presenting this important national topic to the American public. If you wish to learn more, please visit www.soaw.org.

1 ?Unmatched Power, Unmet Principles: The Human Rights Dimensions of US Training of Foreign Military and Police Forces?
2 Manuel Noriega, Omar Torrijos, Leopoldo Galtieri, Roberto Viola, Juan Velasco Alvarado, Guillermo Rodriguez, Hugo Banzer Suarez.