Ken, a preacher who lives in Tuscon Az, was sentenced to 6 months in prison and a $3K for his participation in a protest at Fort Benning, Ga. He is part of a group called the SOA watch, a group dedicated to exposing and shutting down a U.S. military operation known as The School Of The Americas, which is a military training program for our "allies" in the Latin America. The SOA Watch recently made the mainstream press by leaking instructional manuals from the SOA which advocated "blackmail, torture and the arrest of anti-American politicians"(NY Times), and they maintain a list of known human-rights abuses perpetuated in Latin America by SOA graduates. The link above is to their web page. It's extreme in tone, rarely referring to the SOA by its given name once they've established the "School Of Assassins" moniker. Knee-jerk right-wing people, you have been warned! For the other side of the story, however, here is the official web page for the SOA. I found it to be pretty educational; it is complete with a waving flag, the national anthem playing in the background, and a fluttery article about a recent assault on the SOA by a protester "throwing propaganda pamphlets everywhere with total disregard for innocent bystanders." Oh help, help! Of additional interest is how they work God in on their side in the same article.
Politics, of course, is a quagmire, which is why I killed a slightly longer essay on this subject (although I might finish it later). Depending on which way your knee jerks, or if you just want to know more, you can review a few links I've condensed from the shouting on the subject for your own information. Most are from the SOA Watch page, although there is still the occasional story in the Mainstream.
A pretty good single page description of the SOA Watch's Position in a news summary of one of the Pentagon's earliest's admissions of guilt.
A similar summary stated in financial terms, in a news summary of the failure of congressional efforts to end funding of the SOA
A Boston Globe article reporting on the Pentagon's supposed transformation of the mission of the school from anti-communism to the drug war. Not exactly a reassuring thought, but the article is surprisingly candid and clear in presenting both (non-converging) viewpoints.
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