The School of the Americas Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas Located at Fort Benning in Columbus Georgia the School of the Americas soa is a U S Army center that has trained than sixty thousand soldiers and police mostly from Latin America in counterinsurge

  • Title: The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas
  • Author: Lesley Gill
  • ISBN: 9780822333920
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • Located at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, the School of the Americas soa is a U.S Army center that has trained than sixty thousand soldiers and police, mostly from Latin America, in counterinsurgency and combat related skills since it was founded in 1946 So widely documented is the participation of the School s graduates in torture, murder, and political repreLocated at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, the School of the Americas soa is a U.S Army center that has trained than sixty thousand soldiers and police, mostly from Latin America, in counterinsurgency and combat related skills since it was founded in 1946 So widely documented is the participation of the School s graduates in torture, murder, and political repression throughout Latin America that in 2001 the School officially changed its name to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation Lesley Gill goes behind the fa ade and presents a comprehensive portrait of the School of the Americas Talking to a retired Colombian general accused by international human rights organizations of terrible crimes, sitting in on classes, accompanying soa students and their families to an upscale local mall, listening to coca farmers in Colombia and Bolivia, conversing with anti soa activists in the cramped office of the School of the Americas Watch Gill exposes the School s institutionalization of state sponsored violence, the havoc it has wrought in Latin America, and the strategies used by activists seeking to curtail it.Based on her unprecedented level of access to the School of the Americas, Gill describes the School s mission and training methods and reveals how its students, alumni, and officers perceive themselves in relation to the dirty wars that have raged across Latin America Assessing the School s role in U.S empire building, she shows how Latin America s brightest and most ambitious military officers are indoctrinated into a stark good versus evil worldview, seduced by consumer society and the American dream, and enlisted as proxies in Washington s war against drugs and subversion.

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    One Reply to “The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas”

    1. There seems to be little reason for the nations of Central America to have standing armies—indeed Costa Rica has never had one. Armies are used in civil wars (large scale slaughter of peasants, workers, students and indigenous people) or occasionally armed struggle against the United States and its proxies although that is usually left to irregular rebel troops that can be mopped up easily enough. Nicaragua was occupied by the United States from 1912 to 1933; U.S. troops took part in “police [...]

    2. School of the Americas is anthropologist Lesley Gill’s examination of “how the United States constructs a repressive military apparatus, in a region long considered by many to be its ‘back-yard,’ through the lens of the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas” (p. 6). Over ten chapters, Gill doesn’t present any new history of the controversial military training center, but instead traces related empire building relationships through the experiences of three groups – U.S. and Latin Ame [...]

    3. This is a one-sided book. Gill takes the stance that all US military intervention has caused harm to Latin America. I will agree that we have not had the best success with our policies toward the region, but none of the negative side-effects were intended to be malicious. Gill presents the SOA as if it were the one symbol for the US attempts to corrupt and manipulate the governments of Latin America. Although she talks with some school officials, she does not spend sufficient time explaining the [...]

    4. a decent look at the shame of our nation--a torture training school on u.s. soil, paid for by u.s. tax dollars, hidden in plain sight at fort benning in columbus, ga.

    5. excellent connections between structural, repressive, and symbolic violence. as usual, lesley is amazing.

    6. B Wondering what the real hype is behind the school in the U.S. that trains military from Central America - and what they train them? Woah, no wonder things are really messed up.

    7. I feel as though Gill was being quite the ethnocentric character. Good book though, I always appreciate facts. I see her argument, but I just believe there's two sides to every story.

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