Malachy Condemns SOA

New York Governor candidate offers solution to the School of the
Americas/WHINSEC torture training camp

Malachy McCourt is standing for the office of Governor of New York.
McCourt, a noted author and activist, will focus his campaign on
applying the strategies of peace and non-violence to state and
national concerns.

With the vote in Congress on Friday, June 9th, which failed to close
down the School of the Americas, McCourt offered his own thoughts on
the school and what should be done about it. McCourt states, "The
first thing that should be done is that the American flag should be
taken away from flying over that place. It is absolutely disgraceful
that a school for torture and assassination should be protected and
covered by the flag of the country that is the land of the free and
the home of the brave."

The School of the Americas is a military training facility for Latin
American security personnel. When the activist community nicknamed
the school "The School of the Assassins", the government chose not
to shut it down, but to change the name to "Western Hemisphere
Institute for Security Cooperation" (WHINSEC). The school, with the
new name, and same shame, is located at Fort Benning, Georgia.

The School of the Americas/WHINSEC was catapulted into the headlines
in 1996 when the Pentagon released training manuals used at the
school that advocated torture, extortion and execution. New
information also indicates that WHINSEC has allowed known human
rights abusers to instruct and receive training at the school.
Argentina and Uruguay are two more countries that have made public
announcements they will no longer send students to the school,
citing the negative image and history of this institution.

Mr. McCourt is not the only Green Party member concerned with this
issue. Green activists such as Bill McNulty have been working for
many years to raise awareness about this serious issue. McNulty was
one of many people who have been arrested for doing civil
disobedience at Fort Benning, in protest of the school and its human
rights abuses. Other Green Party candidates, such as New York Senate
candidate Howie Hawkins have come out boldly condemning the School
of the Americas/WHINSEC.

McCourt states, "A place where students and teachers learn how to
torture, pull fingernails, threaten people with dogs, deprive people
of sleep, or food, all in the name of democracy is an absolute
disgrace. And this place…not alone does it deserve to be closed
down, but all those responsible for it should be prosecuted."

Detailed information and updates about the School of the
Americas/WHINSEC can be found at: www.soaw.org

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