Re: School of the Americas Action Alert!

dckom (dckom@atlcom.net)
Tue, 05 Nov 1996 23:37:36 GMT


> Vigil * Prayer * Action
> Close the School of the Americas
>
> November 13-16 1996
> Fort Benning Gate
> Ft. Benning Road, Columbus, Georgia
>
> Approximate Schedule
>Tuesday, November 12 2-5:30 PM - arrival and check-in
> 5:30 PM - gather at Southgate Inn (see below)
> 6:00 PM - dinner at local restaurant
> 7:30 PM - reflection/meeting at Southgate Inn
>Wednesday, November 13
> through Saturday,
> November 16 10 AM-5 PM - vigil at Ft. Benning Gate
> (opening and closing reflections)
> 6:00 PM - dinner at local restaurant
> 7:30 PM - meeting
>Saturday, November 16 (Civil disobedience actions simultaneous with
> continuing vigil at gate)
>
>Good to bring:
>
>1. MANY FRIENDS!
>2. Signs and banners
>3. Ideas for CD action
>4. Music sheets/guitar
>5. Reflection material to share
>6. Water bottle
>7. Sleeping bag (if you're on the floor)
>8. Rain gear
>9. Cushion
>10.Flexibility and good humor
>11.Spirit of non-violence
>
>We encourage you to participate all four days of the vigil, but if that
>is not possible, join us when you can -- and especially on November 16!
>
> Places to stay in Columbus
> (be sure to make reservations and ask about group rates)
>
>1. Southgate Inn, 2339 Fort Benning Road (706) 687-2330
>2. Econo Lodge, 4483 Victory Drive (706) 682-3803
>3. Days Inn, 3170 Victory Drive (706) 689-6181
>
>FOR MORE INFO, PLEASE CONTACT:
>SOA WATCH, PO BOX 3330, COLUMBUS, GA (706) 682-5369
>
>
>SEE ARTICLE BELOW RELATING TO ABOVE ACTION:
>
>
>U.S. ARMY MANUALS URGED TORTURE 9/22/96 - ALTANTA JRNL/CONSTITUTION
>
>BY STEVEN LEE MYERS - NEW YORK TIMES
>
>WASHINGTON - Training manuals used in the 1980s by the U.S. Army's
>special school for Latin American military and police officers
>recommended bribery, blackmail, threats and torture against insurgents,
>according to documents made public by the Pentagon late Friday.
>
>The manuals - written in Spanish and carrying titles such as
>"Interrogation" and "Revolutionary War and Communist Ideology" -
>advocated tactics that the Pentagon said violated American policy and
>principles.
>
>The tactics included "motivation by fear, payment of bounties for enemy
>dead, false imprisonment, executions and the use of truth serum,"
>according to a secret report on the manuals that was prepared in 1992
>but only recently declassified.
>
>Army intelligence officials compiled the manuals in 1987 from lesson
>plans that had been in use since 1982 at the School of the Americas, a
>military academy that opened in 1946 in Panama and moved to Fort
>Benning, near Columbus, GA in 1984.
>
>It has trained nearly 60,000 officers, including many dictators and
>military leaders accused of abusing human rights.
>
>The school's graduates include the late Roberto d'Aubuisson, the leader
>of death squads in El Salvador; 19 Salvadoran soldiers linked to the
>1989 assassination of six Jesuit priests; and Gen. Manuel Antonio
>Noriega of Panama, now imprisoned in the U.S. on a drug conviction.
>
>The Pentagon said that "as many as a thousand copies" of the manuals had
>been used at the school or distributed by the U.S. Southern Command's
>training units in Columbia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru.
>
>

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