In 1946, the United States government opened the United States Army School of Americas (SOA), which later became known as WHINSEC
, to provide Latin Americans with military training and education.
When General Bantz Craddock, the head of US SOUTHCOM, addressed graduates of the SOA/WHINSEC's Command and General Staff Course in the summer of 2004, he warned soldiers that "today's complex challenges include transnational terrorism, narcoterror, and radical movements" (Board of Visitors Meeting, WHINSEC
For example, this year NAVSCIATTS water-based students will participate in a joint training exercise with WHINSEC
's students undergoing land-based training.
(60) Supporters of the school maintain that WHINSEC
The training was the first time NAVSCIATTS and WHINSEC
worked together in a joint effort.
According to the school's website, WHINSEC
teaches military, law enforcement, and civilian leaders to strengthen democracy and protect human rights.
The SOA is now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC
In "School of Shame" (February 2007), the author addresses the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC
) in a way that is deceitful and false and libels the good people who work here by suggesting that they teach illegal, immoral, and unethical things.
He repeatedly extols the benefits of US military schools such as the School of the Americas / WHINSEC
and the Air Force's Inter-American Air Forces Academy (located at Randolph AFB, in San Antonio, Texas), which have trained many tens of thousands of Latin American military personnel since the 1940s.
Together with the Airborne School, Ranger School, OCS, Sniper School, the Army Marksmanship Unit, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC
), and many deployable units, the Armor and Infantry colocation will create one of the most important, and certainly the busiest, U.S.
Some of the junta's subordinates, such as Generals Leopoldo Fortunato Galtieri and Carlos A Dallatera, trained at the US Army School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, or WHINSEC
accounts for less than 5% of the Latin American military personnel trained each year.