December 11, 2015

Empire Files: The U.S. School That Trains Dictators and Death Squads

Investigative journalist Abby Martin and her team joined the November Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia and just released a 28 minute documentary about this notorious school that is largely hidden from the American public; its crimes around the world, its star graduates, why it exists and the movement to shut it down. The documentary features interviews with School Of the Americas Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois and other SOA Watch leaders.

Film maker Reed Lindsay, of the Belly of the Beast Films attended last year’s vigil together with Charlie Hardy, a former candidate for the US Senate and the protagonist of a feature-length film he is making called Charlie vs Goliath.

Last year, SOA/WHINSEC allowed a small group of high school students to visit the institution itself, and Charlie, his son Carlos and Reed were able to tag along.

The SOA/WHINSEC officials didn’t know what they were getting themselves into!

They were completely unprepared for and outmatched by these high school kids, who asked pointed questions about the SOA’s sordid history and the institution’s continued lack of transparency.

Here are two 5-minute videos documenting the visit, a rare look from inside the School of the Americas:

Part I: watch?v=78wiTs5FJKg
Part II: watch?v=mCoYiJ98_ag

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