HR 1217 (109th Congress) Print
Latin America Military Training Review Act of 2005 (HR 1217)

1st Session, 109th Congress, 2005


In March 2005, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) reintroduced legislation in the 109th Congress with the support of 78 bi-partisan introductory cosponsors. This legislation would suspend operations at the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC.

There is one modification to the legislation that makes this particular bill different than in recent years. This legislation also calls for an independent report on the authorization and use of torture manuals that advocated tactics that violated U.S. and international law. The U.S. Army and the Pentagon have deliberately avoided carrying out any review of this matter, so now it appears only Congress can call for such an independent report. Amnesty International USA and other human rights groups are particularly supportive of this addition to the legislation.

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