School of the Americas Topics

The Ft. Benning, GA, military training center formerly known as the SOA, or School of the Americas, is used to train Latin American soldiers in combat, counterinsurgency and counter-narcotics. Frequently referred to as the "School of the Assassins," the school is now known as WHISC, or the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. The group School of Americas Watch says the role of U.S.-trained generals in the 2009 Honduras military coup underscores the need for the school’s closure.

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  • Late Friday night, the Pentagon released documents revealing what human rights activists have been charging for years: that the Defense Department’s School of the Americas was training Latin American soldiers in torture, interrogation and execution. The School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia has trained thousands of Latin American military officers, including some of the most heinous dictators and abusers of human rights in this...
    Sep 24, 1996 | Story
  • This Sunday, November 16, marks the 8th anniversary of the brutal assassination of six Jesuit priests and their two women co-workers in El Salvador. And to mark the occasion, thousands of protesters will march and hold a mass civil disobedience this weekend at Fort Benning Army Base in Georgia, for it was there — at the Army’s School of the Americas — that nineteen of the 26 Salvadoran officers cited in the massacre were trained.
    Nov 14, 1997 | Story
  • Today, more than 2-dozen activists will be tried in a Georgia court fortrespassing at the Fort Benning army base just outside of Columbus,Georgia. They were arrested during a November demonstration where morethan two thousand people gathered to call for the closing of the School ofthe Americas — what critics call "The School of Assassins".
    Jan 20, 1998 | Story
  • The jury trial of five School of the Americas Watch activists began this week in Columbus, Georgia, Federal court. The charges stem from a September 1997 act of civil disobedience at the main gate of Fort Benning, Georgia, where the Pentagon trains Latin American soldiers.
    Mar 04, 1998 | Story
  • Tomorrow a Catholic nun, a Jesuit priest and three other anti-war activists will be sentenced in Columbus, Georgia for transforming a sign at the main gate of nearby Fort Benning. Fort Benning is the host of the School of the Americas, a U.S. training center for the Latin American military. In their September 29, 1997 public protest, the five pried metal letters off of the entrance sign, replacing them with ten words stenciled in red paint: "Home...
    Jul 22, 1998 | Story
  • Thousands of protesters are heading this weekend to Fort Benning, Georgia, site of the notorious School of the Americas otherwise known as the School of Assassins. Graduates of the school include many of Latin America’s most notorious torturers and killers. Ten of the school’s graduates are among the 30 Chilean officers cited by the Spanish judge in the genocide case against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Other graduates...
    Nov 20, 1998 | Story
  • Thousands of protesters are demonstrating in front of the Pentagon, and over fifty have been arrested, in a weekend-long series of demonstrations calling for the closing of the School of the Americas, where many of Latin America’s most notorious human rights violators were trained. Over 3,000 people also marched on Saturday in front of the White House.
    May 03, 1999 | Story
  • Demonstrators today end a four-day protest in Washington calling for the closing of the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia, which has trained some of Latin America’s most ruthless and notorious human rights violators. Around 60 people were arrested yesterday in front of the Pentagon, and many protesters today head for Congress to lobby their representatives to support a legislative bill sponsored by Rep. John Moakley (D-Mass)...
    May 04, 1999 | Story
  • The House voted early Friday to withhold recruitment money for the Army’s School of the Americas, a facility long criticized for training Latin American officers who turned out to be tyrants and murderers.
    Jul 30, 1999 | Story
  • They came from across the United States and the Americas, to participate in the largest act of civil disobedience in the U.S. since the Vietnam War. From a record crowd of 12,000 protesters, over four thousand people crossed the lines and risked arrest yesterday at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia–a place many call the school of the assassins. Students, journalists, activists, members of religious communities, professionals...
    Nov 22, 1999 | Story