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The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly the US Army School of the Americas, is a United States Department of Defense Institute located at Fort Benning near Columbus, Georgia, that provides military training to government personnel of Latin American countries.


The School was founded in 1946 and from 1961, during the Kennedy administration, was assigned the specific goal of teaching anti-communist counterinsurgency training, a role which it would fulfill for the rest of the Cold War. In this period, it educated several Latin American dictators and during the 1980s included torture in its curriculum. In 2000, the institute was renamed to WHINSEC.

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Dr. Maha Hilal is Co-Director of Justice for Muslims, an organizer with Witness Against Torture, and a Council Member of the School of the Americas Watch. Dr. Hilal has worked extensively in the anti-torture field and is currently a Co-Principle Investigator with the Torture Treatment Initiative out of Tulane ...
Colonel Robert Francisco Alvaro took command of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, Georgia, on July 19, 2017, succeeding Col. Keith W. Anthony. Called the School of the Americas (SOA) from 1946 to 2001, WHINSEC is a US combat training ...

SANFORD: Absolutely. Not only did the U.S. government know what was happening under Rios Montt's watch, Rios Montt is a product of the U.S. school of the Americas. He had counterinsurgency training. He had officer training. He led classes for them. KELLY: And I'm curious what your take on his ...
Four years before the coup, Rios Montt graduated from the US Army School of the Americas (SOA), also known as the “school of coups” and “school of assassins” because it produced so many of both. SOA students, who included future dictators Manuel Noriega, Leopoldo Galtieri and Hugo Banzer, were ...
He attended the U.S. School of the Americas in the 1950s, and became a brigadier general in 1972. Rios Montt first ran for president in 1974 but lost amid allegations of electoral fraud and was sent to the Guatemalan Embassy in Spain as military attache. In March 1982, he seized power in a military ... Efrain Rios Montt
He attended the U.S. School of the Americas in the 1950s, and became a brigadier general in 1972. Rios Montt first ran for president in 1974 but lost amid allegations of electoral fraud and was sent to the Guatemalan Embassy in Spain as military attache. In March 1982, he seized power in a military coup ... Efrain Rios Montt

There is an ongoing debate in Washington about the U.S. defense budget and the future of U.S. military operations around the world, whether it is President Donald Trump questioning NATO or operations in Afghanistan, Iraq or other places. Another pillar of U.S. military presence around the world are ... Efrain Rios Montt
Of course, the irony is that many of the senior military officers on trial now in Guatemala are graduates of the U.S. Army School of the Americas. So, in a sense, the U.S. is confronting its own past in Guatemala. If only we could apply this logic to ourselves. Guatemala and the U.S. are bound by the ... CIA
Staff Sergeant Rodny Yefune serves as a small group leader at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. SSG Yefune has served in numerous leadership roles to include sniper team leader, battalion master gunner and platoon sergeant. In his role at WHINSEC, Yefune uses his infantry ... CIA
Billy Joya, for example, former head of Battalion 3-16 and a graduate of the U.S. School of the Americas, was a top aide to de facto president Roberto Micheletti. Amid a spike in nighttime raids, targeted criminalization, political murders, and other abuses since the Nov. 26 election, human rights groups have ... CIA
Many Salvadorian officials who carried out extrajudicial killings and assassinations of dissidents were trained at the U.S. Army School of the Americas. Later implicated in thousands more civilian deaths, this so-called Atlacatl battalion, named after a legendary Salvadoran ruler, contained nearly 7000 ... CIA
... Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, hosted a change-of-command ceremony on July 19th, in front of Bradley Hall, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) headquarters, to pass the institute's colors from U.S. Army Colonel Keith W. Anthony to Colonel Robert ... CIA
FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) – A change in leadership Wednesday at Fort Benning, as a new commander was installed at WHINSEC, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. ... WHINSEC specializes in democracy, ethics and human rights training for nations in the Western Hemisphere. CIA
“This course differentiated itself from the rest because it was 40 percent female [54], the highest percentage of women yet seen at WHINSEC. ... The Dominican Air Force sent 11 cadets to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Georgia, to take the Cadet Leadership ... CIA
Keith Anthony relinquishes command of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in front of Bradley Hall next week. Col. Robert F. Alvaro takes ... The institute opened at Fort Benning in January 2001 after the former School of the Americas closed in December 2000. The institute provides ... CIA
Two “firsts” were achieved when the first Peruvian Army Senior Enlisted Advisor, William Villacorta, was installed as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation's (WHINSEC) International Command Sergeant Major (CSM) in the first Change of Responsibility ceremony for the international ... CIA
Almost each year since 1994, Civil Affairs students from the School of the Americas and then from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) have played a central role in the Columbus Emergency Management Agency's disaster response exercises. In preparation for the ... CIA

This could be true of any civil-society group, but the FBI doesn't monitor just any group. It singles out for counterterrorism investigation groups like the anti-war School of the Americas Watch or the Occupy Wall Street movement. Just as was true in the time of J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI has an institutional bias ... CIA
A San Antonio native, he attended schools in North East Independent School District, graduating from the International School of the Americas, a magnet school. During his interview with the board Thursday, Mungia said his priorities as a trustee would include promoting transparency, helping the ... CIA
... shoe marks, hair samples, bullet shells— of the mass killing at El Mozote pointed to elite Salvadoran soldiers trained in places like Fort Bragg and Fort Benning, Georgia, formerly known as the notorious “School of the Americas.” Evidence from recent Salvadoran and international court cases corroborates ... CIA
Latin America and the Caribbean have specifically been a region subject to foreign influence and internal conflict dating as far back to initial European conquest, to Operation Condor, School of the Americas – Fort Gullick era, banana republic civil wars, the popularized Colombian drug cartel wars of the ... CIA
The School of the Americas Watch, SOA Watch, says that the government is falsely accusing Moreno, and several other human rights activists in Honduras of having ties to “narcotrafficking” in order to “detract” from Moreno's work. Moreno has been an outspoken critic of Hernandez, whom Moreno said has ... CIA
While reporting indicated that police officers were also striking in order to receive better wages and treatment from their superiors, a member of the elite Cobras unit—many of whom have been trained by U.S. military operators at the infamous School of the Americas or its descendants—said there was more ... CIA
... Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, hosted a change-of-command ceremony on July 19th, in front of Bradley Hall, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) headquarters, to pass the institute's colors from U.S. Army Colonel Keith W. Anthony to Colonel Robert ... CIA
FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) – A change in leadership Wednesday at Fort Benning, as a new commander was installed at WHINSEC, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. ... WHINSEC specializes in democracy, ethics and human rights training for nations in the Western Hemisphere. CIA
“This course differentiated itself from the rest because it was 40 percent female [54], the highest percentage of women yet seen at WHINSEC. ... The Dominican Air Force sent 11 cadets to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Georgia, to take the Cadet Leadership ... CIA
After more than three years at Fort Benning, Col. Keith Anthony relinquishes command of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in front of Bradley Hall next week. Col. Robert F. Alvaro takes over as the sixth commandant of the institute during a 9 a.m. Wednesday ceremony hosted by ... CIA
Almost each year since 1994, Civil Affairs students from the School of the Americas and then from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) have played a central role in the Columbus Emergency Management Agency's disaster response exercises. In preparation for the ... CIA
The School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia – a combat school that trained terrorists who returned to their own countries in Latin America to perpetrate ... and labor organizers – was so notorious that in 2001 the Congress renamed it Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC). CIA
Longtime observers of Central America will know that since the 1980s, nearly 5,000 officers from Honduras have been trained at the U.S. Army's Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, or WHINSEC, formerly known as the School of the Americas. Graduates of this school hold key positions ... CIA
Now a fugitive, he is a former colonel and a graduate of the School of the Americas, and just one of many in a party 'dominated by military officers.' All the same, U.S. support constitutes a pinprick of the world's population. Consider on one side Nikki Haley and the United States with its immense economic ... CIA
Each year he teaches a course at the Bible School of the Americas in Panama and implements Future Minister Training camps for young men throughout Latin America. Thus far, camps have been started in Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic ... CIA
And the military obey them, because they were trained by them at the School of the Americas. It now has another name, but the graduates are throughout Latin America. … “That's how the history of this country has been. They run the transnationals, private sector, the churches, the major media — not just ... CIA
While reporting indicated that police officers were also striking in order to receive better wages and treatment from their superiors, a member of the elite Cobras unit—many of whom have been trained by U.S. military operators at the infamous School of the Americas or its descendants—said there was more ... CIA
While stationed with the U.S. Army School of the Americas in the Panama Canal Zone during the 1970s, entomology expedition leader Albert ... CIA
... Watch works to close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly known as the School of the Americas, ... CIA
COLUMBUS, Ga. — For the first time ever in nearly 30 years, the School of the Americas Watch annual protest, will not happen this year. CIA
... the United States Army “School of the Americas” (SOA) in Fort Benning, ... the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in 2001, ... CIA
For the first time in the history of the annual School of the Americas ... for closing the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at ... CIA
... to review the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation's ... The institute operated as the School of the Americas from 1984 to ... CIA
If a Nobel Peace Prize were to be awarded specifically for the militarized U.S.-Mexico border, I couldn't think of a more deserving recipient than ... CIA
Since 2011, Sprott has taught Advanced Placement world history and humanities electives at the International School of the Americas, ... CIA
“This training is a condensed course from what is taught at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation[WHINSEC located at Ft. CIA
FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - International students, their families and Fort Benning soldiers are celebrated diversity and culture Friday ... CIA
... STEM Academy, a magnet program at the campus along with the International School of the Americas and the North East School of the Arts. CIA
Current examples within NEISD include Academy of Creative Education and International School of the Americas. Name submissions should ... CIA
The school is run by the U.S. Department of Defense and it is now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation or ... CIA
... is trained as a military police officer where he currently serves as an instructor at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. CIA
Current examples within NEISD include Academy of Creative Education and International School of the Americas. Name submissions should ... CIA
The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation bid farewell to U.S. Army Col. Keith W. Anthony and welcomed Col. Robert F. Alvaro ... CIA


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