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Due to the incredible amounts of human rights violations committed by graduates of the School of the Americas as a direct effect of their training funded by US tax dollars the School of the Americas must be closed down The school is a cold war dinosaur that needs to be brought to the attention of the American taxpaying public The people of our nation need to be aware that every time they get a paycheck they are contributing to the oppression and killing of the indigenous peoples of Latin America by their own leaders The School of Americas was formed in 1946 in Panama It was originally formed so that the United States would have ties in Central America to keep Castro under control in Cuba In 1984 the school moved to Fort Benning Georgia The students at the school are taught counterinsurgency tactics such as combat skills sniper fire military intelligence commando tactics and psychological operations Recent revelations have shown that the school also actively teaches torture tactics In September of 1996 the Pentagon under intense social pressure released SOA training manuals that were previously unavailable to the public A group called the Latin America Working Group issued a translated copy of the manuals The manuals recommended interrogation techniques like torture execution blackmail and arresting the relatives of parties involved They suggested the use of truth serums on prisoners to get them to answer questions The manuals recommend the infiltration of work unions political parties youth groups religious groups and all other organizations subversive to the national government Fact Sheet The governments of these nations recognize anyone who promotes social change and betterment as a terrorist threat One manual describes 60s activist Tom Hayden currently a California State Senator as one of the masters of terrorist planning It is precisely this identification of activist for social change as terrorists that led death squads to kill thousands of religious leaders students union members and human
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