Letter from M+others Aligned for Military & Murder Accountability Print
This letter been sent to 31 various media locations, including the Okinawa Times.

January 17, 2001 - Today, the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA), at Ft. Benning, GA,
will be reopening under the "new" name: 'Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation'. This letter is being written to alert you and your readers that the "only" change...is the name! Please...don't be fooled by a tactic that's designed to confuse people.

Make no mistake, this tactic works! When the Naval Investigative Services (NIS) attained a sullied reputation by botching the USS Iowa investigation, Tailhook etc., it's name was changed to the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS). The public was assured that all of the grievances with that department had been rectified. NOT SO!! And, sadly, growing numbers of Military families are finding this out...the HARD WAY!

Father Bourgeois and the entire SOAWatch group have worked long and hard in documenting the claims that earned this school the label: "School of Assassins" (SOA)! This "label" is what precipitated the "name" change. This "school" doesn't need a name change...it needs to be "CLOSED"! Your 'elected' officials can do that. Take a minute and let them know that you
don't appreciated being treated like a "fool" and that you want this "School", by whatever name it uses, closed down!

Jan Beimdiek, Directing CEO of MAMMA
(M+others Aligned for Military & Murder Accountability)