The School of the Americas teaches torture. Mr. Rumsfeld, do you care to change your statement?

One of the commenters here has been adamant that the School of Americas in Ft. Benning Georgia is a perfectly benign organization (that he happens to work for) and that criminals who have attended the academy have never had their crimes connected to what they learned in the school.  The following story, though not directly about the School, shows this man who was tortured by the Brazilian military in the 1970’s, was told by his torturers that they were graduates of the School of the Americas.  It has been said of the school the following:

“Used in courses at the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas, the manual says that to recruit and control informants, counterintelligence agents could use fear, payment of bounties for enemy dead, beatings, false imprisonment, executions and the use of truth serum, according to a secret Defense Department summary of the manuals compiled during a 1992 investigation of the instructional material and also released yesterday.”

The tortured, a Reverend Fred Morris mentions the following:  “There was a universal outrage to hear that I had actually been tortured by the Brazilian military and even more when I shared the news that the Brazilian torturers had told me that they had been trained by the School of the Americas.”

Tell me that the training that the Brazilian military members had at Ft. Benning and the treatment they gave to Morris in prison have no connection?  In his description of the torture he received he speaks of electrocutions and many of the same types of things we are hearing of coming out of Abu Graib.  Contrary to what Rumsfeld says, we do indeed export torture.  Read the rest of this amazing story here:


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