The School of the Americas: Class over? - Inside Story Americas - Al Jazeera English
- Inside Story AmericasThe School of the Americas: Class over?Some of Latin America's most notorious dictators graduated from the military academy in Fort Benning, Georgia.Inside Story Americas Last Modified: 20 Sep 2012 09:49Email ArticleEmailPrint ArticlePrintShare articleShareSend FeedbackFeedbackFrom Argentina and Chile, to Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico, there are few countries in Latin American untouched by the School of the Americas."Although the pretext for the war on people has changed - it used to be Communism, now it's the war on terror, the war on drug trafficking - it's the same people who are being affected and the same graduates â€¦ who are carrying out those policies of violence."- Nico Udu-Gama, a School of the Americas Watch organiserBased at Fort Benning in the US state of Georgia, the military academy has trained 65,000 Latin American soldiers over six decades.And its roster of graduates who eventually came to lead their countries is impressive - were it not for the fact that they are considered some of the continent's most notorious dictators of the last century.Overall, the School of the Americas has produced soldiers and generals responsible for the massacre and torture of tens of thousands of people across Latin America.
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