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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 University's ...
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 school ...

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 legacy ...
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 coup ...
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 ...

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 ...
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 U.N. ...
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 ...
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 ...

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 ...
... 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 ...
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.
“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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...


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